Low fish prices in France have caused fishermen to begin active protest. Seventy inshore fishing?
LV & GV Fishing boats in harbour (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM Fishermen on wharf to boats
GV PAN Trawlers tied up
GV PULL OUT TO LV Trawler across harbour entrance
SV & GVs Fishermen on boats (2 shots)
GV Ships outside harbour
GV Fishing boats
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Background: Low fish prices in France have caused fishermen to begin active protest. Seventy inshore fishing vessels on Wednesday (19 February) blocked the entrance to Boulogne harbour preventing other vessels from entering.
Among the ships affected was the cross Channel ferry from England which was forced to return to Dover.
The owners of the fishing fleet said they would not put to sea until the end of the week in protest over the low price being fetched for their fish.
They say that fuel costs have quadrupled and unless the price of fish is put up accordingly they will be unable to make a living. Fishermen in three other French ports intend to take similar action and to stay on shore for more than a week.
The fishermen are demanding an immediate halt to landings from Irish, Danish and Low Country ships which they claim has helped to depress the price of fish. They want Government aid to modernise their fleets to allow them to compete.