Fishermen blockade French port to protest against electric fishingStaff Writer | January 26, 2018
Ferry sailings into Calais have been suspended because fishermen have blockaded the French port in protest over their Dutch counterparts' use of electrified fishing nets.
Seafood P&O and DFDS Seaways have suspended scheduled services
P&O and DFDS Seaways have suspended scheduled services, and the port of Calais is closed while the industrial action continues.
A spokeswoman for P&O ferry company said two car ferries were waiting in Dover, while two others were stuck in Calais, while DFDS said it has two ferries in "stand-by" in Dover and one blocked in Calais.
Fishermen have also blocked a road leading to the port of Boulogne-sur-Mer, about 30 kilometres (20 miles) southwest of Calais, AFP reported.
Pulse fishing involves dragging electrically-charged lines just above the seafloor that shock marine life into trawling nets. The method has been adopted by Dutch vessels fishing for sole. French fishermen want the practice banned - and their call has gained the support of the European Parliament, which voted in favour of outlawing pulse fishing earlier this month. ■