UK, French reach tentative deal on scallop conflict

French fisherman Dimitri Rogoff arrives as leaders meet in London, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. The meeting focuses on the so called "Scallop war". About 35 French boats confronted five British ones, sometimes banging hulls, in international waters off the coast of northern France last week, amid tensions over access to scallop fisheries. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
French fisherman Dimitri Rogoff points as he speaks to the media before leaders meet in London, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018. The meeting focuses on the so called "Scallop war". About 35 French boats confronted five British ones, sometimes banging hulls, in international waters off the coast of northern France last week, amid tensions over access to scallop fisheries. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

LONDON — A tentative deal was reached Wednesday to resolve a conflict over scallop fishing rights off France's coast, British and French officials said.

Officials and industry representatives said after talks in London that "an agreement on the principles of a deal has been reached" with details to be ironed out in Paris on Friday.

A joint statement said that a previous agreement involved British boats 15 meters (yards) and over will be renewed. In addition, the agreement calls for smaller vessels to be included in the deal "subject to a reasonable compensation package" still to be finalized.

"In the meantime, there is a voluntary agreement for all U.K. vessels to respect the French closure period" in the disputed area, officials said.

The talks follow an incident last week in which French and British fishermen angrily bumped boats over access to fisheries off the French coast near Normandy.

About 35 French boats confronted five British ones, sometimes banging hulls, in international waters during the incident.

British Fisheries Minister George Eustice said the goal of Wednesday's talks was to reach a new agreement that would prevent more confrontations.

An agreement reached in 2013 had broken down, leading to the clashes.

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