The French Navy is ready to intervene if clashes between French and British fishermen erupt again, Agriculture Minister Stephane Travert said today.
British fishermen accused the French of ramming their vessels and hurling projectiles. French fishermen are unhappy that their British rivals can dredge for scallops year round while they are barred from doing so during summer months.
“We can’t keep going on like this, we can’t keep having skirmishes like that,” Travert said in an interview on CNews.
“The French Navy is ready to step in if more clashes break out, as well as carrying out checks.”
France bans all scallop dredging between May 15th and October 1st, but Britain allows its vessels to operate year-round.
The Royal Navy earlier announced that it had no plans to deploy ships from the Fishery Protection Squadron, instead relying on French authorities to police their own waters.