UK decision on fishing access for French vessels is "breath of fresh air"

Brexit – Publication of vessels flying the French flag which are authorized to fish in the waters around the Crown Dependencies of Jersey and Guernsey: France remains vigilant and upholds its demands – Communiqué issued by the Ministry of Marine Affairs

Paris, 28 June 2021

Annick Girardin, Minister of Marine Affairs, welcomes the United Kingdom Government’s decision to authorize French vessels to continue fishing in the waters of Jersey and Guernsey from 1 July to 30 September 2021.

Regarding Jersey’s waters, the United Kingdom has agreed to allow access for 177 French vessels with temporary licences until 30 September 2021.

For Guernsey’s waters, the United Kingdom has also agreed [to allow access] for 167 vessels with temporary licences and authorized to fish, with permission renewable monthly until 30 September 2021. Permanent licences will be issued as cases are processed.

Since January 2021, the Ministry of Marine Affairs has been keeping an extremely close eye on the implementation of provisions relating to fishing in the Bay of Granville. Indeed, whether as regards the eligibility of vessels, the type of gear used and fishing effort, or the technical conditions of the various fishing trades, these subjects must be discussed in the coming weeks. The desire is to maintain a reciprocal balance of fishing activities as close as possible to those existing before Brexit by taking account of shared resources and common issues in fisheries management between France and Jersey.

France also recalls that it is still waiting for licences for the 6-12 mile zone for vessels fishing in British waters, for which all the necessary information has been passed on.

“This long-awaited decision is a real breath of fresh air for our fishermen, but we must continue working to go on building with the UK the balance that will help French fishermen carry on their activity in the Channel Islands area. We knew the procedure was complex; first and foremost, I want to give the professionals a clear idea of the way ahead. For access to the 6-12 mile zone in British waters, I’d also like rapid change; we can’t put up with this waiting, it’s detrimental to the balance of the agreement,” said Annick Girardin.

The lists are published on the following websites:

- UK Government: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/united-kingdom-single-issuing-authority-uksia#crown-dependencies under the heading “Crown Dependencies”

- Guernsey authorities: https://www.gov.gg/fishing./.

Published on 30/06/2021

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