French trawler protest over EU fishing ban plan

French trawler protest over EU fishing ban plan
Deepika – India

French trawler protest over EU fishing ban plan
LILLE, France, Dec 20 (Reuters) About 100 French trawlers blockaded the Channel ports of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Calais and Dunkirk today to protest EU plans to ban the fishing of certain species in parts of the North Sea, union officials said.

The protesters also oppose plans to further reduce existing EU fishing quotas. Another 50 fishing boats were to organise a go-slow protest in the Dover Straits later in the day.

Unions said the protests could last until Wednesday, when negotiations on 2005 fishing quotas in European waters are due to end in Brussels.

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