A group of French fishermen prevented a Dutch fishing boat from being able to dock in the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer in the north of the country. Dutch trucks on which the fish would be transhipped are also stopped.
The fishermen do this out of dissatisfaction with the Brexit rules and Dutch fishing methods, reports news medium France Bleu.
It has been restless for some time in Boulogne-sur-Mer, which suffers heavily from the ongoing quarrel between Europe and the United Kingdom over fishing rights. Since Brexit, skippers need a British license to fish in British waters.
These licenses are scarce, forcing many fishermen to fish for an increasingly crowded French part of the Channel. Dutch cutters are also active there. The French fishermen who stop the Dutch accuse them of robbing their part of the sea.
The action of the French fishermen started around 6 pm. Other Dutch ships that had come to the port have migrated to other ports, several French media reports.
In other places, ships have been stopped before, after skippers had already threatened to do so in November. For example, French fishermen stopped a British container ship in the port of Saint-Malo at the end of November. That action also had to do with the anger over the limited number of fishing licenses.