Minimum about 60 French and jersey boats are blocking the islands St Helier port, with a freight vessel unable to leave. Fishermen say their rights are unfairly restricted by licences issued by the island under a new system. Jersey officials are meeting the peaceful protesters to try and resolve the dispute. France has threated to cut electricity to the island over the row.
The boats are protesting against new fishing rules introduced last week by the Jersey government under the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement which require French boats to show they have a history of fishing in Jersey waters. But it has been claimed additional requirements were added without notice. French official authorities say New technical measures had not been communicated to the EU rendering them Null and Void. The maritime prefecture of Manche and mer du Nord told the BBC the two French vessels, police boat ethos and patroller Themis were not on military missions. It said the boats roles were to stay in French waters and to be near to the fisherman in order to ensure safety. A European commission spokeswoman said talks were continuing with the UK.