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French and British fishing boats clash off France's northern coast on Aug. 28, 2018 (France 3 via AP Images).

The U.K.-France ‘Scallop Wars’ Won’t Be the Last Fisheries Conflict

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018

French and British fishing vessels clashed at sea last month, marking an escalation in an ongoing dispute over scallop stocks in the English Channel. French fishermen are prohibited from dredging the shellfish during the summer months in order to prevent overfishing, while their British competitors fish year-round, leading the French to accuse the British of depleting stocks. Negotiators from the two countries failed to finalize a resolution to the impasse last week. According to Johan Bergenas, senior director for public policy at Vulcan, this skirmish is only part of a growing global conflict over increasingly scarce fish stocks and fishery resources. He discusses the tensions and their potential remedies in an email interview with WPR.

World Politics Review: What are the factors that have caused this issue to flare up in recent years, culminating in the recent violent clashes between French and British fishing vessels? ...

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