As they brace for conflicts with France, Jersey fishermen have warned that they will not tolerate any more disruption from French vessels. Mark White, GB News Security and Home Editor, spoke with Jersey fisherman about their feelings about French vessels fishing in UK waters after Brexit.
Two Jersey fishermen claimed that if French vessels continued to enter UK seas, their livelihoods would be jeopardised. With tensions growing, many worry that France’s ships may decide to blockade Jersey harbours once more.
The fisherman stated that they would not tolerate this behaviour a second time and that they may react.
Mr White explained: “The Government here has drawn up contingency plans with Jersey electricity.”
“Should the worst happen with the French either reducing or cutting off the power supply, they are confident the power station in La Collette will be able to meet the demand for a while at least.”
Mr White spoke to fishermen in Jersey who were concerned about possible battles with France.
According to one Jersey angler, “We do lobster potting and crab potting.”
“To get a living out of it you have got to do about 300 pots a day which is difficult.”
“The French are going to rob us blind and we are going to be out of business.”
Mr. White continued, “Back in May royal naval vessels were called to Jersey to help after French boats blocked the Jersey harbour.”
“Many here fear they are about to return.”
“Last time around authorities told local fishermen to stand down and not confront the French.”
“But if it happens again, all bets are off.”
According to a Jersey fisherman, Certain boats have had a lot of problems with the French.”
“It is just like an all-out war.”
“It is a shame because they are our neighbours, and we do get on with certain boats.”
He continued, “A lot of the Jersey fishermen will react this time.”
“The trouble is Jersey is not fighting another island, you are fighting a nation.”
“It is a hard one but I don’t think Jersey fishermen will take any more of this.”