“It will be a warning shot, a blocking of the entrances and exits of the port of Saint-Malo, from 8 am to 9 am, an action not violent, not to the detriment of the fishermen of Jersey, nor of the British but to show the unity with the other French fishermen ”, indicated this Thursday, the president of the departmental fishing committee of Ille-et-Vilaine, Pascal Lecler, in reference to the actions planned this Friday, November 26th.
While the European Commission has pressured the British government to have fishing license disputes settled by December 10, 2021, French fishermen are stepping up the pressure to secure respect for the December 2020 agreement, which relates in particular to fishing licenses. Blockages of ferries at the port of Calais, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., freight transport at the Channel Tunnel, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and, from 2 p.m., of ferries in the port of Ouistreham, in Normandy.
“More than thirty of our vessels are still affected in Brittany by this lack of fishing licenses. The agreement between the European Union and the United Kingdom must be respected to the letter, otherwise it will be necessary that detention measures be implemented as quickly as possible “, recalled Thursday, Olivier Le Nézet, the president of the regional fisheries committee of Brittany. “It is important for the European Union to be on our side, like the Minister for the Sea, who has done a remarkable job,” he added.
“We are not asking for alms, just licenses”
For his part, the president of the national fisheries committee intends to make these Friday blockages “the demonstration of the ability of French fishermen to respond to” the provocative and humiliating attitude of the United Kingdom “. And Gérard Romiti to add: “It is a legitimate action to make heard our right on the licenses, the statute of the replacement vessels and tomorrow the level of the quotas, the conditions of activities of our European vessels in the future in a logic of sustainable fishing ”.
The fishermen want the dispute to be resolved immediately. Nothing is excluded for the future, the ball is in the court of Europe and the English.
“It is time for the European Commission to affirm its so-called support for fishermen, its nationals. The future of fisheries policy and the credibility of Europe are at stake. The fishermen want the dispute to be resolved immediately. Nothing is excluded for the future, the ball is in the court of Europe and the English, ”he added. “We are not asking for alms, just the licenses to which we are entitled,” he insisted.
“It is time to sound the end of quibbling”
“We have been treading for eleven months for licensing issues, it is important that Europe regains the confidence of fishermen, make its voice heard. We need visibility to work and to renew the fleet. ? It is time to sound the end of chicanery with the idea of concluding something acceptable to everyone in terms of sharing and management of resources, ”said, this Thursday, Dimitri Rogoff, the president of the regional committee of Normandy peaches.
As for Olivier Leprêtre, his counterpart from Hauts de France, he maintains that “the European Commission has badly negotiated Brexit, the fishermen are the adjustment variable”. “We will have to work together with the British fishermen, let’s hope that we will not have to go further in the demonstrations. But, if in the coming weeks nothing changes, if we have to tackle imported seafood, we have what it takes to act, ”he threatened. In Boulogne-sur-Mer, he recalled, “we import 300,000 tonnes of seafood for 27,000 tonnes of local production”.
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