A fleet of seventy Spanish trawlers is blockading the French border fishing port of Hendaye in retaliation against the arrest on Sunday (23 March) of a Spanish fishing vessel, charged with infringing French fishing rights.
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Background: A fleet of seventy Spanish trawlers is blockading the French border fishing port of Hendaye in retaliation against the arrest on Sunday (23 March) of a Spanish fishing vessel, charged with infringing French fishing rights.
SYNOPSIS: The blockade has effectively prevented French fishermen from putting to sea. The Spanish fishing boats gathered in the harbour of Hendaye after French coastguards confiscated the documents of a Spanish fishing vessel which sailed from the Spanish harbour of Fontarrabie. There has been a strong disagreement between these two small ports about the use of French territorial waters. The European Economic Community agrees that France should grant a few fishing licences to Spanish fishermen - the argument is about the number of licences.
Spanish fishermen are reported to have their government's approval to fish wherever they please, including EEC waters, as long as negotiations continue with the Community about fishing rights.