Three Croatian fishermen from Umag spent the weekend as a political football in a growing international border dispute.

Slovenian maritime police questioned the Croatian flagged vessel in the Bay of Piran. One of the fishermen was setting up concrete blocks to enhance his existing shellfish farm. The Croatian government granted the group a 20 year concession. In total, the fishermen were granted 34.5 acres approximately 1000 feet from the Croatian coastline.

In June, Croatia refused to acknowledge a ruling by an international tribunal in the Netherlands which aimed to resolve the longstanding sea and land border. “We do not consider ourselves bound by this decision because it was irreparably contaminated and compromised by the actions of the Slovenian side,” Croatia’s ambassador to the EU, Mato Skrabalo said at the time.  (Translated from Jutarnji)