Tough talking fails to end Guernsey fishing dispute

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Although no one would comment officially about the outcome of talks held in Guernsey on Monday, it is known that the Jersey delegation left angry and frustrated that their Sarnian counterparts were apparently refusing to abide by the terms of an agreement signed last year.

The talks were held to try to resolve a long-running dispute over Guernsey’s insistence that Jersey and UK commercial fishermen have to have a licence to fish within three to 12 miles of the Guernsey coast.

The talks centre on a proposal to grant licences to 28 Jersey boats.

It is known that Policy and Resources Committee president Senator Frank Walker, Economic Development president Deputy Gerald Voisin, Harbours and Airport Committee president Senator Len Norman and the Attorney General, William Bailhache, were among the Jersey delegates involved in the talks.

It is understood that they want the Guernsey authorities to abide by an agreement signed last autumn by Guernsey’s minister for Commerce and Employment, Deputy Stuart Falla.

The ‘agreement to agree’ was brokered by politicians and officials and effectively set out terms for future negotiation.

The Jersey delegation is understood to be contending that Guernsey is in breach of the terms of what was dubbed ‘the vanguard agreement’.

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