The captain of a British trawler is accused of fishing more than two tons of scallops in French waters without the necessary authorization.
Prosecutors announced Friday that the captain of a British trawler razed at Le Havre on suspicion of fishing more than two tons of scallops without a license will be put on trial on August 11, 2022. Le Havre Deputy Prosecutor Cyril Fournier said in a press release: “The ship’s captain Cornelis Gert Jan was given a subpoena by the Marine Gendarmerie to appear at Le Havre’s criminal court hearing on August 11, 2022.” quickly.
“They will be prosecuted by an EU third party vessel for acts of unauthorized sea fishing in French sea or salt water,” the magistrate said. “Indeed, upon verification, the captain of the vessel did not have the necessary authorization to fish in the French Exclusive Economic Zone”.
The captain, who is accused of fishing 2,160 kg of scallops in the French Exclusive Economic Zone without a valid license, faces a 75,000 euro fine as well as administrative sanctions, indicated the floor on Thursday.
The owner of a Scottish trawler was verbally further confused by French officials on Wednesday and said on Thursday it was a “misunderstanding” and denounced a political maneuver. Two fishing vessels were fined by French maritime gendarmerie during Wednesday’s checking in the Gulf of the Seine.
These controls, “during the scallop fishing season”, “are part of tightening controls in the channel, in the context of discussions on licensing with the United Kingdom and the European Commission,” the ministry said in a statement.
France on Wednesday announced the entry next Tuesday of the first retaliatory measures against the Channel Islands and London, in a conflict with the United Kingdom over post-Brexit fishing licenses, if the number of licenses granted to French fishermen remains insufficient.
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