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#1 Barry McCrindle

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 03:52 PM

From www.fishnewseu.com


THE master and owner of the Spanish trawler Herbadi Dos (3-V-52-99) pleaded guilty at Plymouth Magistrates' Court, on 17 January, to using nets that failed the twine thickness test measurements in the Hake Recovery Area.
The vessel was boarded four days previously in ICES Area VIIh by a marine enforcement officer from the HMS Severn and was suspected of twine thickness offences and was detained for further investigation.

The master was fined £5,000 for the illegal twine thickness and has to pay a £15 victim surcharge. The owner was fined £15,000 for the illegal twine thickness and ordered to pay £5,345 in costs and pay a £15 victim surcharge. The total fines including costs were £25,375.

A statement from the Marine Management Organisation made their position clear on the matter. “We aim to encourage compliance with fisheries legislation through education, advice and guidance to the industry wherever possible. Where necessary we may take enforcement action which could result in a court appearance, potential fines for masters and owners, and forfeiture of equipment imposed by the court,” it explained.

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