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Irish Trawlermen Prosecuted For Scallop Fishing Offences 16 November 2007

The skippers of two Irish registered fishing vessels were fined a total of £11,000 with £300 costs by the High Bailiff, Mr Michael Moyle yesterday morning at a special court in Douglas.

Ciaran Whelan, skipper of WD47 Saturnus and Michael Harvey skipper of WD191 Surcouf had their vessels boarded alongside Battery Pier in Douglas by Isle of Man Sea Fisheries Officers from the Fisheries Protection Vessel Barrule. Both vessels were found to have a substantial quantity of scallops on board with shells below the legal minimum size of 110mm. Mr Whelan and Mr Harvey, both of County Wexford, Eire pleaded guilty to the offences which took place on the 13th and 14th November.

Having heard the facts in both cases the High Bailiff imposed a fine of £6,000 of Mr Whelan and £5,000 on Mr Harvey with £150 costs each. The vessels were detained until the fine was paid and all undersized scallops were disposed of. Subsequently the fines and costs were paid in full by both defendants.

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