Scarborough Trawler Fined UK

Owners of Scarborough Trawler Fined For Illegal Landing of Cod

After the hearing Michael Parker, District Inspector of Fisheries for Central England said: “This sort of illegal activity undermines efforts to ensure the long term sustainability of fish stocks and disadvantages fishermen who are operating legitimately.”

Owners of the trawler WAYFINDER SH 76, appeared before Whitby Magistrates Court today and were fined £3280 after failing to record and submit details of cod landed from the North Sea between 3 and 4 November 2004.

The court heard that a spot check by officers from Defra’s Sea Fisheries Inspectorate found that the Wayfinder had landed 1280 kgs of cod illegally at Scarborough.

An inspection of the EU logbook revealed that the trawler’s Master, had made no attempt to record cod whilst recording other species in his logbook for the same trip.

He was also charged with failing to give 4 hours notice in advance of arrival to land the trawler’s catch.

After the hearing Michael Parker, District Inspector of Fisheries for Central England said:

“This sort of illegal activity undermines efforts to ensure the long term sustainability of fish stocks and disadvantages fishermen who are operating legitimately.

Defra’s Sea Fisheries Inspectorate devotes considerable resources to trying to eliminate such ‘blackfish’ landings.

It is hoped today’s verdict sends out a signal to others acting unlawfully that such landings will not be tolerated.”

This case was heard at Whitby Magistrates Court on 20 May, 2005. Charges were brought under the Sea Fisheries Control Regulation

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