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Scallop wars: French fishermen ‘hurl rocks and fume bombs’ during British fishing boats in English Channel skirmish

French and British fisherman have clashed in a English Channel in a supposed scallop war over fishing rights.

The French, who work a limitation fishing deteriorate for harvesting a shellfish to safety their numbers, have complained their rivals are “pillaging” a supply of a shellfish.

Rocks, fume bombs and other projectiles were reportedly hurled during English and Scottish vessels during a fight in a early hours of Tuesday morning.

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British boats are available to fish in a Bay of Seine area, off a Normandy coast, though were driven divided by a numerically higher French flotilla, a BBC reported. 

Dramatic footage of a occurrence promote by France 3 Normandie showed boats colliding as an intent was thrown toward them. Video also appears to uncover one of a British boats, believed to be the Honeybourne III, colliding with a smaller vessel.

The owners of Honeybourne III, carcass number PD905, have twice been fined by a UK’s Marine Management Organisation for rapine under-sized scallops with a penalties using into a tens of thousands of pounds, supervision annals showed.

Some of a British vessels are pronounced to have after returned to UK harbours with signs of “criminal” repairs following Tuesday’s skirmish.

The long-running brawl is over a scallop-rich area of a Channel that French fishermen are prevented from harvesting due to domestic environmental laws.

Dimitri Rogoff, conduct of a Normandy fishermen’s association, pronounced a aroused scenes “demonstrate a annoyance of Normandy fishermen in a conditions that persists and does not change”.

“I titillate everybody to equivocate these situations that discredit men’s lives,” he said.

“The French went to hit a British to stop them operative and they clashed with any other. Apparently there was stone-throwing, though no injuries,” he told a Agence France-Presse news agency.

The Scottish White Fish Producers Association cursed a “vigilante” French fishermen.

“Attacking a vessels is appalling,” a organisation said.

Britain’s National Federation of Fishermen’s Organisations has appealed for calm, observant a brawl should be resolved by negotiations.

“We have lifted a matter with a British supervision and asked for insurance for a vessels, that are fishing legitimately,” a arch executive, Barrie Deas, told a BBC.

“The deeper issues behind a clashes should be staid by articulate around a table, not on a high seas where people could be hurt.”

Additional stating by PA

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