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Monday morning in the bay of Granville in Normandy, the anchors were up before dawn.

While most of the city slept, fishermen boarded their boats, pants in hand, cigarettes in their mouths.

For many, the last time they went out it wasn’t to fish but to fight.

French fishermen say new post-Brexit licensing rules have not been discussed or agreed upon
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French fishermen say new post-Brexit licensing rules have not been discussed or agreed upon

Granville is one of the closest French ports to Jersey.

A week ago, about fifty boats from here and other towns on the coast sailed to Demonstration in front of the port of St Helier.

Cap Lihou’s fishing boat, its captain and three crew members were among them.

Their goal: a new jobBrexit licenses required to fish in Jersey waters.

Today, however, it’s the scallops they’re after, with huge mechanical dredge nets pulling sand, shellfish, and seafood.

Boats use tracking systems to see where other vessels are, but some do not have enough data to be eligible for longer licenses
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Boats use tracking systems to see where other vessels are, but some do not have enough data to be eligible for longer licenses

It is hard and grueling work. During the 12 hours they spent on the boat, the young men hardly stopped; manage machinery and sift grips by hand.

But they prefer to fish in the deeper waters off Jersey – a wider area and where the produce is often bigger.

The new licenses stipulate how many days each boat is allowed to work there and place restrictions on certain equipment.

Captain Baptiste Guenon believes the new rules will cut his business in half.
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Captain Guenon believes the new rules will cut his business in half.


Cape Lihou is now only allowed to fish in Jersey waters for 22 days per year. Previously, he went there at least 100 days a year.

Captain Baptiste Guenon believes the new rules will cut his business in half.

In the cockpit, it indicates the boat’s navigation system following where the other boats are. Almost none of them were in Jersey waters, most of them concentrated in just one …

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Source: news.sky.com
This notice was published: 2021-05-12 13:00:00