Canadian Fishing Ban Brings French Protest

From Reuters

France protested to Canada on Wednesday over a decision to declare its ports off limits to French fishing boats and to bar fishing by France off Newfoundland.

A Foreign Ministry statement described Tuesday's decision by Canada as "unjustified and contrary to international law and commitments made by Canada" and called on Ottawa to re-examine its position.

Accusing the French of overfishing, Canada said Tuesday that any French fishermen caught in the Burgeo Bank area, off the south coast of Newfoundland, will be arrested.

Canada is claiming the French have exceeded their 6,400-ton quota of cod allowed in the area.

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