French Scallopers Licking Their Wounds, 'Ready for Conflict' If No Agreement Foundoat
In a dispute dubbed the "scallop wars", French fishermen who participated in an expedition to stop their British counterparts from fishing near the Normandy coast said on Aug. 30 they were ready to continue fighting for the rich catch if no agreement is found.
French and British scallop dredgers rammed into each other on Tuesday in Seine Bay over access to the scallop-rich seabed after French vessels tried to chase their rivals out of the zone, hurling projectiles and insults.
In one video, a British boat is seen ramming into a smaller French vessel, a "scary moment" recalled its captain Franck Tousch.
The French are irritated that British fishermen are allowed to harvest scallops, a key earner for the region, throughout the year, while they are prevented from doing so during the summer.