Cornwall fishermen were able to divert a French trawler which could have destroyed their fishing nets by sailing through them. The tense confrontation was captured on video as fishermen aboard the Ajax fishing boat contacted a French trawler that was towing heavy gear along the seafloor and heading directly towards the British fishermen’s nets. The Ajax fishing boat had been using an 11-mile long curtain of nets and had been fishing through the night.
A sailor aboard the fishing boat explained the tense situation during episode five of documentary – ‘Cornwall: This Fishing Life’.
The sailor said: “Basically, this French guy is not listening and he is not playing the game.
“These are our nets here and that is them.
“So we are basically trying to get him to turn and go back down but if he will do it is anyone’s guess.
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Footage of the tense incident in British waters
“It is an estimated £6,000 worth of net plus all the fish that are in it.”
The Ajax team of fishermen radio contacted the French trawler boat asking it to divert its course.
While responding and insisting it could turn its boat to avoid the netting, the boat did not indicate whether it would do so.
As the boat continued to sail in the direction of the netting the Ajax boat raced out to meet the trawler to head it off.
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has insisted fishing rights must be included in the post-Brexit trade deal with the UK or there ‘won’t be any agreement at all.’
With only minutes to spare the French trawler boat conceded and changed course, much to the joy of the British fishermen.
As Prime Minister Boris Johnson attempts to negotiate a new trading relationship with the EU following Brexit, fishing is expected to be a hot topic.
Political scientist Sir John Curtice has argued the EU’s biggest priorities will be fishing and security.
Sir John claimed the EU would ideally like to continue using the fishing waters as they did during Britain’s membership to the European Union.
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The tense altercation was captured on video as fishermen aboard the Ajax fishing boat contacted a French trawler that was towing heavy gear along the seafloor and heading directly towards the British fishermen’s nets
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier has insisted fishing rights must be included in the post-Brexit trade deal with the UK or there “won’t be any agreement at all.”
Mr Barnier said: “Let me remind you that most of the British processed fisheries products are traded, are exported, are sent to us, to the European market.
“So fisheries is part of a package as regards our trade relations, which are to be discussed, and that package is one you can’t break up. There will be no ambiguity at all around that.
“The trade agreement will be associated with a fisheries agreement and an agreement about a level playing field or there won’t be any agreement at all.”
Boris Johnson has insisted the UK would not surrender Britain’s fishing waters to the European Union and threatened to rip up a post-Brexit trade deal over the issue.