Call for ‘full investigation’ into alleged bluefin tuna fishing breach

Tensions with France increased again last week after a French vessel was accused of catching about 1.2 tonnes of bluefin tuna off the west coast. There is a ban on targeting or catching the fish in Jersey waters, but the species can be caught in French seas. The government has confirmed it is investigating reports of the species being caught in the Island’s waters. According to the Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2021, anyone found to have killed protected species in Jersey is liable to two years in prison and a fine. The JEP asked the government what was being done to investigate the matter, whether any officers were travelling to France to speak to the skipper involved in the alleged incident and how long the inquiry was expected to take. No response had been received by the time of going to print. >click to read< 09:45

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