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Government of Jersey representatives due to meet with French fishing leaders

06 May 2021

Government of Jersey representatives are due to meet with French Fishermen this morning. It follows 50 boats arriving into Jersey waters off the south coast of the island, in the early hours. 

At 10.30am, Deputy Gregory Guida, Assistant Minister for the Environment, and other Government officials will meet French Fishermen, further to a request for their concerns to be heard directly.

Jersey representatives will board the Norman Le Brocq Fisheries boat. The French Fishermen will enter the harbour, for the boats to come alongside, to ensure Covid regulations are met.

Minister for External Relations, Senator Ian Gorst, commented: "We are meeting with French fishing leaders this morning to listen to their concerns regarding fishing rights. There are continuing extensive political and operational efforts with both our local fishing community and French fishing associations, their regional representatives in France, and both the UK and French governments, in order to resolve the current dispute and resume previous good relations."

The Emergencies Council and the Jersey Maritime Security Group (Ports of Jersey, States of Jersey Police, Jersey Customs and Immigration, Law Officers, Emergency Planning, Fisheries, Jersey London Office, Royal Navy and Communications) are continuing to assess and monitor the situation. 

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