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Olivier Leprêtre, president of the regional fisheries committee of Hauts-de-France, accused Dutch vessels of having snatched traps from French vessels last week. In the latest incident in a long row over English Channel fishing rights, Express.co.uk understands around 600 traps were taken from the port city of Boulogne-sur-Mer.
An industry source said: “It’s controversial this, the Dutch pitching our supplies.
“It demonstrates a complete lack of respect for other countries.”
Regional fishing chiefs in Hauts-de-France are becoming increasingly concerned about the presence of Dutch vessels in the English Channel.
They stress they are a threat to French vessels who see them as serious competition due to the use of unsustainable fishing practices.
One common practice known as fly-shooting or pulse fishing involves using multiple nets to encircle and capture shoals of fish.
Heavy ropes are dragged across the ocean floor which will displace whatever is underneath.
Mr Leprêtre claimed Boulogne-sur-Mer was seeing “the invasion of the Dutch industrial fleet”, who are “overexploiting the resources of the English Channel”.
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