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Davie Tait
2nd May 2013, 16:04
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Lewes Crown Court has today (Thursday 1 May) ordered a fishing vessel owner to pay more than 29,000 and the master 500 after finding them guilty of retaining 8.8 tonnes of undersized scallops.

The court heard that on 4 September 2012 the Ayr-registered fishing vessel Isla S (DS1) landed a catch of 65 tonnes of scallops into Shoreham, which was inspected by marine officers from the Marine Management Organisation (MMO). The MMO officers found that around 13 per cent of the catch 8.8 tonnes worth an estimated 12,600 were under the prescribed 110 mm size for ICES Area VIId.

The case had originally been heard in Brighton Magistrates' Court, where both owners and master had pleaded guilty to the offences. However, the magistrates committed the case to the Crown Court for sentencing, where fines for such offending have no ceiling.

On hearing the evidence Judge Anthony fined the owners, Saltire Seafoods of Dalbeattie, Scotland, 25,000 and ordered them to pay full investigation costs of 1,575.00 and legal costs of 2,605.20 a total of 29,180 plus victim surcharge. In addition the master, Paul Wayne Longden, of Stranraer, Scotland, was ordered to pay a fine of 500 and a victim surcharge.