The MMO has reported detaining the French-Registered Fishing Vessel “Felir” off Southwest coast. Photo: Davidships
The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) confirmed that it boarded and detained a French fishing vessel fish off the southwest coast of England on Saturday, 12 September.
The mfv Felir was boarded by MMO officers a few miles off the Devon and Cornwall coast before it was escorted into Plymouth for an investigation. The MMO has confirmed it confronted a French fishing vessel a few miles south of the Eddystone lighthouse before sending a party of its officers onboard.
The arrest comes as UK-EU talks on post-Brexit fisheries have developed into a massive source of tension between British and French fishermen in the English Channel. Strained relationships have become vulnerable and unrest has been gradually building over the forthcoming Fisheries Bill, the first major fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years which aims to “end current automatic rights for EU vessels to fish in British waters”.
An MMO spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a French fishing vessel was brought into Plymouth following a routine boarding and inspection by MMO marine officers from Ocean Osprey. As the investigation is ongoing we are unable to comment further at this time.”
According to the marinetraffic.com website, the Felir was escorted into Plymouth’s waters on Saturday afternoon by the fisheries patrol vessel Ocean Osprey, which operates in the North East Atlantic Ocean on behalf of the MMO.
The French-registered Felir is currently berthed at Cattedown, at a dock off Teats Hill Road in Plymouth Harbour. marinetraffic.com reports that the Felir had left the port of Roscoff in France three days previously.