Minister welcomes France-UK scallop fishing agreement

United Kingdom – Franco-British agreement on scallop fishing in the Baie de Seine – Stéphane Travert pays tribute to efforts made by fishermen – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Paris, 18 September 2018

Stéphane Travert, Minister of Agriculture and Food, welcomes the agreement between French and British fishermen on the scallop fishing season in the Baie de Seine.

Despite no solution being found following the meetings in London and Paris, discussions were never broken off and industry representatives continued to negotiate to reach an agreement at least on boats over 15 metres long.

This was reached yesterday and endorsed today by the French and British fisheries ministries.

British boats over 15 metres long therefore pledge not to fish for scallops at the East Channel site until the end of October and will benefit, in return, from more fishing effort from France, under the same conditions as last year.

The Minister is very pleased that French and British government officials worked continuously to facilitate the conclusion of an agreement.

Stéphane Travert says, “I pay tribute to the efforts made by French fishermen to propose reasonable compensation for the smallest British vessels in return for the commitment these were asked to make to delay the date they begin fishing in the Baie de Seine. The objective pursued by French fishermen to protect stocks by limiting fishing periods will therefore be adhered to.”

Stéphane Travert also thanks his counterpart, George Eustice, the British fisheries minister, with whom he remained in close contact to facilitate the search for an agreement between industry professionals./.

United Kingdom – Scallop fishing in the Baie de Seine – Stéphane Travert regrets the absence of agreement between fishermen for the scallop fishing season – Press communiqué issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Paris, 12 September 2018

Stéphane Travert, Minister of Agriculture and Food, notes the failure of fishermen to reach an agreement for this scallop fishing season. He regrets the fact that British and French industry professionals have not managed to reach a consensus for sustainable scallop fishing in the Baie de Seine.

The French and British authorities worked continuously to facilitate the conclusion of an agreement, following the meetings in London on Wednesday 5 September and in Paris on Friday 7 September.

The Minister welcomes the efforts of the French fishermen to propose reasonable compensation for the smallest British vessels in exchange for the commitment they were asked to make to delay the date they begin fishing in the Baie de Seine.

The Minister is committed to sustainable fishing of scallop resources and welcomes the French fishermen’s constant efforts over many years to achieve this. Despite the legitimate disappointment of fishing industry professionals, he very much hopes that the scallop fishing season can go ahead smoothly in all [French] maritime and coastal areas./.

Stéphane Travert welcomes the progress made today in negotiating an agreement on sustainable scallop fishing in the Baie de Seine

Paris, 5 September 2018

Stéphane Travert, Minister of Agriculture and Food, welcomes the fact that today’s meeting in London between French and British fishermen showed a shared determination to reach an amicable agreement on scallop fishing in the Baie de Seine. This is a positive step forward; some of its details will have to be specified at a meeting to be held in Paris on Friday 7 September in a format identical to today’s meeting. Pending a definitive agreement, the fishermen pledged to respect the French scallop fishing closure period in the Baie de Seine.

For the Minister, achieving such an agreement is necessary in order to maintain sustainable management of scallop resources. This sustainable management is the result of French fishermen’s efforts over several years. The Minister also believes the agreement should enable the scallop fishing season to go ahead smoothly.

Stéphane Travert pays tribute to the spirit of responsibility prevailing on both sides of the Channel during these negotiations; it has enabled the foundations to be laid for an agreement that he hopes will be concluded as swiftly as possible.

The French government thanks the British government, and in particular its minister of state for fisheries, George Eustice, for the shared political will to achieve an agreement and for organizing this initial meeting./.

United Kingdom – Management of scallop fishing in the Baie de Seine: Stéphane Travert and his British counterpart, George Eustice, announce a meeting next week between fishermen’s representatives and officials from the two countries – Press communiqué issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food

Paris, 31 August 2018

Following the recent incidents between French and British fishing boats, Stéphane Travert, Minister of Agriculture and Food, spoke to his British counterpart responsible for fisheries, George Eustice.

The two ministers condemn the violent and dangerous acts which occurred between the two flotillas in the Baie de Seine. They note that the acts are motivated by the fact that the bilateral agreement between French and British fishermen on the dates of the scallop fishing season has not yet been renewed.

As a reminder, for several years a Franco-British agreement has been negotiated between the two countries’ fishermen. The agreement seeks to ensure that British boats measuring 15 metres or more comply with the closure dates which all French fishermen impose on themselves to protect the resource. However, there has been no consensus on the inclusion in the agreement of boats under 15 metres long, which French fishermen want, and the agreement was therefore not signed for 2018.

The two ministers agreed on the urgency of reaching an agreement between French and British fishermen so that the fishing season can go ahead peacefully.

Stéphane Travert and George Eustice announce that a meeting between French and British fishermen’s representatives, involving the two countries’ authorities, will be held next week.

Stéphane Travert calls on those involved “to show calm and responsibility, which are necessary to ensure that constructive dialogue is established between the fishermen. I would like a negotiated agreement to be reached quickly, in the interest of the industries on both sides of the Channel.”./.

Published on 28/09/2018

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