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Trawlerman Fined 19 February 2007

The skipper of a Scottish fishing vessel, the St Keverne, was fined £1,000 with £150 costs by the High Bailiff, Mr Michael Moyle, at a special Court in Douglas on Wednesday 14th February 2007.

On Tuesday 13th February 2007 the vessel was fishing in a position approximately 3.6 nautical miles East South East of Laxey Head when she was boarded at 11.40 am by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Sea-Fishery Officers from the Fisheries Protection Vessel Barrule.

On inspection by the officers of the Barrule, the fishing vessel was found to have 48 under-sized scallops in 2 stitched bags in the hold. The vessel was escorted to Douglas where she was detained.

The St Keverne had been boarded by Sea-Fishery Officers of the Barrule the previous week, Wednesday 7th February, where a small number of undersized scallops were found and returned to the sea. A verbal warning had been issued to the skipper at that time.

The skipper of the vessel pleaded guilty in court to the offence. He stated he had been at sea for some 18 years but had only taken up the position of skipper on the St Keverne on 23rd January 2007.

High Bailiff, Mr Moyle noted his guilty plea and the fact that there had been no previous convictions. Having heard the facts the High Bailiff imposed the fine and authorised the detention of the vessel until the fine and costs had been paid in full.

Subsequently, the nominee of Jack Robinson (Trawlers) Ltd, paid the fine and costs in full. Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Phil Gawne, MHK wished to express his thanks to the crew of the Barrule for their diligence. He said “The Department is committed to the conservation and preservation of the Manx scallop fishing industry, this gives a clear message to other vessels operating in the fishery that such practices will not be tolerated.”

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