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Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Brexit fish wars: Denmark claims ‘ancient rights’ in British waters

As Britain attempts to assert itself over territorial waters, the Danes look set to invoke what they say are fishing rights dating back centuries.
Since the UK proclaimed it would take back control – including of its waters – the Danish government has delved into archives and records to build a case to keep fishing.

Their argument could be put to The Hague’s International Court of Justice if fishing restrictions harden as the UK leaves the EU.

Denmark currently fishes for a number of species such as cod, mackerel and herring in shared waters.
Officials say 40 percent of Denmark’s annual catch comes from within the 200-mile (320km) exclusion zone around Britain.Some fear that this area will be redrawn after Brexit.
This appears especially problematic given some Danish coastal towns are economically dependent on fishing in British waters.

If brought, the case could be replicated by a number of other EU nations which fish within the zone...read more>>>...