French fishermen blocked a boat in St Malo harbor this morning as they began a day of protest against post-Brexit fishing rights.
According to Reuters, the Jersey-based ship Normandy Trader was unable to leave the port of Brittany.
There are also plans for fishermen to Channel Tunnel and Port of Calais later today.
The spat revolves around French fishermen demanding that the UK issue more licenses to fish in British waters than what Westminster says was agreed in the post.Brexit trade agreement.
To be licensed, fishermen must be able to demonstrate that they have worked in UK waters for the past several years.
Some of those on the French side were unable to provide this evidence – which would also give access to waters around Jersey’s Crown Dependency.
A similar agreement is in force for British ships to operate in French waters.
French authorities briefly seized a British fishing boat in its waters last month and returned it to one of their ports.
The scallop ship Cornelis eventually became may leave the port of Le Havre.
Ahead of today’s action, Gerard Romiti, Chairman of the National Maritime Fisheries Committee, said: “This is our demonstration of the quality and ability of professional fishermen to mobilize in response to the UK’s provocative, disparaging and demeaning attitude towards them .”
A Downing Street spokesman said the government had been “disappointed by threats of protest activity”.
He added: “It is a matter for the French to ensure that no illegal actions take place and that trade is not affected. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
It is not the first time that French fishermen want to take direct action.
In April they blocked trucks carrying fish from UK waters to processing centers in France.
And the British Navy sent two patrol boats in May when French boats blocked the harbor at Saint Helier in Jersey.
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A spokesman for the Port of Dover said they were aware of the potential for a “limited period of disruption in France”.
They added: “The port will normally be open for business and has proven plans to deal with temporary disruptions to cross-Channel services, should they arise.
“We would encourage travelers who travel to allow some extra time for their journey and to check with their chosen ferry operator for the latest updates.”