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Olivier Leprêtre, chairman of the Hauts-de-France regional fisheries committee, accused Dutch vessels of snatching traps from French vessels last week. In the latest incident in a long series of fishing rights in the English Channel, Express.co.uk understands that around 600 traps have been taken in the port city of Boulogne-sur-Mer.

An industry source said: “It’s controversial, the Dutch are launching our supplies.

“It shows a total lack of respect for other countries.”

The regional fishermen of Hauts-de-France are increasingly worried about the presence of Dutch vessels in the Channel.

They point out that they pose a threat to French vessels which see them as serious competition due to the use of unsustainable fishing practices.

A common practice known as fly shooting or pulse fishing is to use multiple nets to circle and catch schools of fish.

Heavy ropes are dragged across the ocean floor, which will displace anything below.

Mr. Leprêtre said Boulogne-sur-Mer was witnessing “the invasion of the Dutch industrial fleet”, which “overexploit the resources of the Channel”.

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