Speaking ahead of today’s action, Gerard Romiti, chair of the National Maritime Fisheries Committee, said: “This is our demonstration of the quality and ability of professional fishermen to mobilize in response to Britain’s provocative, contemptuous and humiliating attitude towards them.”
A Downing Street spokesman said the government was “disappointed with the threat of protest activity”.
He added: “It will be a matter for the French to ensure that there are no illegal acts and that trade is not affected. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.”
This is not the first time French fishermen have tried to take direct action.
In April, they blocked trucks transporting fish from British waters to processing plants in the United Kingdom France.
And the British Navy sent two patrol boats in May when French boats blocked the port of Saint Helier in Jersey.