May 19, 2022

British trawler seized by French fishermen amid fishing licence row

The French coastguard has seized a British fishing trawler amid an escalating row over access to some of the world’s richest fishing grounds.

A three-strong team from France’s equivalent of the maritime police boarded the boat in disputed waters off Land’s End, Cornwall, and detained its crew while they checked documentation.

The ship was the first to be intercepted since a change in French law made it much easier for fisheries protection vessels to board vessels from other EU countries.

One of those being held, Jamie McGeough said They have been saying that they are going to do this and now they have done it.

One of those being held, Jamie McGeough said They have been saying that they are going to do this and now they have done it. They had three guys come on, but one stayed at the door with a gun.

The French authorities were trying to check whether individuals on board had fishing quotas for the area.

It was not clear what happened next as the French authorities then towed the boat into Newlyn harbour.

The Derek was on its way to Ireland when it was stopped by the La Marine Nationale – who are similar to Britain’s coastguard service.

Jamie McGeough, one of three fishermen on board said: They have been saying that they are going to do this and now they have done it. They had three guys come on, but one stayed at the door with a gun.

The French authorities were trying to check whether individuals on board had fishing quotas for the area. It was not clear what happened next as the French authorities then towed the boat into Newlyn harbour. The Derek was on its way to Ireland when it was stopped by the La Marine Nationale – who are similar to Britain’s coastguard service.

Jamie McGeough, one of three fishermen on board said: They have been saying that they are going to do this and now they have done it. They had three guys come on, but one stayed at the door with a gun. The French authorities were trying to check whether individuals on board had fishing quotas for the area.

It was not clear what happened next as the French authorities then towed the boat into Newlyn harbour. The Derek was on its way to Ireland when it was stopped by the La Marine Nationale – who are similar to Britain’s coastguard service. Jamie McGeough, one of three fishermen on board said: They have been saying that they are going to do this and now they have done it.

They had three guys come on, but one stayed at the door with a gun. The French authorities were trying to check whether individuals on board had fishing quotas for the area.