"Scare" scallops on the high seas near Normandy: blame me?


Original title: "intense clash" in the high seas near Normandy! Scallops: blame me?

Some time ago, British and French fishermen staged a major battle on the high seas, under the siege of dozens of French fishing boats, British fishing boats were driven out of the Sene Bay waters of Normandy. To this end, the British fishermen asked the navy to send warships to protect them.

The fuse of dispute is actually scallop.

Scallops: blame me?

British and French "scallop war", for what?

On the same day, 22 kilometers from Normandy, France, the British and French fishing boats collided fiercely, about 35 French fishing boats surrounded by five British fishing boats.

At that time, in the face of the British fishermen, the French fishermen asked the other side to stop operations, the two sides subsequently quarreled, and gradually evolved into stone-throwing attacks, but did not cause injury to personnel or damage to equipment.

In the end, the British fishermen, who were very thin, left the sea after being surrounded.  

Why did they stick up?

It is understood that the scallop production is abundant, and fishing boats are often caught here. However, the provisions of the "fishing ban" period between Britain and France are quite different.

French fishermen can only catch scallops from October 1st to May 15th of each year.

However, British fishermen are not subject to this rule and allow for year-round fishing.

The original rule is different, triggering scallop contention. So, that's what happened.

The negotiations between the British and French governments have been fruitless since then.

Despite two consultations and negotiations between the two governments last week, the current solution is still not satisfactory to both sides, and the scallop war is likely to break out at any time in the future. A few days ago, CCTV reporters visited Brickham, a small town in the UK fishing port, and found that scallop products in batches are rare there.  

Anglo-French fishermen are confronted with the same fishery resources, but the mode of operation and organization are quite different. French fishermen rely on trade associations and trade unions, and can quickly organize defensive camps of dozens of ships whenever they compete with their British counterparts, while British fishermen mostly rely on home canoeing. If there is a fishery dispute, it will be at a disadvantage.  

TONY, BRICKTHOM FISHERMAN, UK: The French have always attached great importance to protecting their fishery resources, not only the French government, but also the fishermen. They have strong union organizations to support them. In our country, fishermen are not organized. Every ship is self-employed.

Worries behind the scallop wars in Britain and France

Local fishermen say the scallop wars will happen every year. This year coincides with the year of Europe, and no agreement has been reached between Britain and France.

More complicated, Britain's departure from the EU would also mean withdrawal from the EU's Common Fisheries Policy Framework, requiring renegotiation of fishing quotas with the EU. Whether the relevant agreements can be reached or not, the actual operation may lead to further escalation of Fisheries disputes between Britain and its maritime neighbors, especially France.

Fishermen worry that scallops are just the tip of the iceberg in the fisheries conflict between Britain and the EU countries. If the negotiations are not fruitful, no agreement to leave the EU will not guarantee that British fishermen will automatically acquire the autonomy of the fisheries before joining the EU, and will not be able to effectively prevent the frequent explosion of foreign Fisheries conflicts such as "scallop dispute". Hair.  

Actually, scallops also want to say.

Source: CCTV Finance

Editor in chief: Yu Pengfei


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