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The British were heavily outnumbered at five boats to around 35 French vessels, according to maritime official Ingrid Parot, and were eventually chased from the scallop-rich waters of the Baie de Seine area of Normandy.The skirmish took place more than 12 nautical miles out to sea where the British are legally allowed to fish all year round.Tensions have been high between British and French fishermen for some 15 years over the issue, leading to angry disputes that have been dubbed "Scallop Wars".The biggest British vessels can freeze the scallops directly on board.The pro-Brexit organization Fishing for Leave has, however, denounced the "hypocrisy" of French fishermen, charging that they have caught 60 percent of the fish in British waters over the past 40 years.
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