There would only be “four post-Brexit fishing licenses” left – allowing French fishermen to fish in British waters – to be issued. This was affirmed by the Secretary of State for the Sea Hervé Berville, visiting this Friday in the first French fishing port in Boulogne-sur-Mer.
“We are not going to drop anything on the subject”, which has fueled tensions between London and Paris for months, he assured.
“We are slowly getting there, it’s long but we’re getting there,” said Olivier Leprêtre, president of the Hauts-de-France fisheries committee.
A “modernization plan” for the fleet
In November, the Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin had mentioned the compensation of fishermen who would not obtain their license – a hundred in total requested from the British – with “fleet exit plans”.
Hervé Berville said he took a “different” approach to the matter. “The only plan that I want to develop with the players is a modernization plan, an investment plan in the fleet”, which is “ageing, which is no longer as cutting edge as it could have been 20, 30 years old.
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