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Talks between French, British fishermen to end 'scallop wars' end in failure

Adrian Dennis, AFP | Dimitri Rogoff, president of the Regional Committee of Normandy fisheries, arrives at the Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) for a meeting to end clashes between British and French fishermen over access to scallops .

Talks between French and British fisherman over rights to catch scallops have ended in failure, France’s agriculture ministry said on Wednesday, raising the risk of further tensions at sea.

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“Agriculture and Food Minister Stephane Travert notes the failure of the fishermen to reach an agreement for this season’s scallop fishing,” the ministry said in a statement.

French and British fishing representatives had reached an outline deal earlier this month but have since been unable to finalise terms.

Travert has warned that the French Navy is ready to act if there are fresh clashes between fishermen of the two countries in what has been dubbed the Scallop Wars.

(REUTERS)

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