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Scallop row: UK and French fishermen strike a deal

Hayley Westcott

BBC News Online

British and French fishermen have reached a deal to end the scrap over scallops in the English Channel.

Rival crews became involved in violent clashes off the Normandy coast last month because of tensions over fishing rights.

During the so-called 'scallop wars', two British boats returned to Brixham harbour with damaged windows.

The crews alleged they had been surrounded and had rocks and metal shackles thrown at them.

The new deal, which came into force at midnight, will see larger British boats withdrawing in return for greater fishing rights elsewhere.

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The smaller vessels can get into the area they want to - the disputed area of the Baie de Seine. They'll be able to get back in there without fear they're going to get rocks thrown out them.

Jim PortusSouth Western Fish Producers Organisation

Scallop negotiations continue with French

Talks between the French and British are continuing over the scallop dispute in the English Channel.

British boats have agreed to stay away from the Bay of Seine, with some vessels fishing towards the east.

It comes after fishing leaders said on Wednesday negotiations had ended with no deal.

Fisheries minister and Camborne and Redruth MP George Eustice told the Commons he has offered to work with the French...

Mixed feelings over scallop fishing agreement

BBC Radio Devon

There are mixed feelings over an agreement that aims to end hostilities between French and British scallop fishermen.

Clashes broke out off the coast of France last week in an argument over fishing rights, with boats from Brixham caught up in the row.

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Some British fishermen have voiced concerns about the new agreement ahead of a meeting in Paris later.

But French fisherman Dimitri Rogoff believes the meeting will be positive.

There is no risk. Each side should be re-assured. Now we should be able to go to sea and fish because there is no risk. Each side is happy. Bigger boats can fish, little boats get compensation. And, in future, work with us and we can start to communicate better."

Dimitri RogoffFrench fisherman