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French Fishermen Clash With British Boats Over Scallop Fishing
British and French fishermen have clashed in the English Channel over rights to fish for scallops, with stones thrown and boats rammed by other boats.
British boats are legally allowed to fish in the area, which is around 12 nautical miles off the coast of Normandy, near the Bay of Seine.
But 40 French vessels surrounded two British boats on Tuesday, Aug. 28, with rocks and smoke bombs being thrown. Crews said that a French police boat failed to intervene although it was present on the scene.
The French accuse the British of depleting shellfish stocks in what were “historically French waters,” according to the chairman of the French Regional Fisheries’ Committee Dimitri Rogoff.
"The French went to contact the British to stop them working and they clashed with each other," Rogoff told the BBC. "Apparently there was stone-throwing, but no injuries."