View Full Version : Fishing in protected area leads to 6,000 in fines

Davie Tait
4th July 2013, 16:15
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The skipper and owner of the Marina, based in Brixham, were yesterday (3 July) sentenced for fishing illegally within a protected area of Lyme Bay in Dorset.

Vessel owner, Stephen Hammond and skipper, Gints Reinfelds pleaded guilty to dredging for scallops in the designated area contrary to the Lyme Bay Designated Area (Fishing Restrictions) Order 2008.

Currently such fishing activity is prohibited in a designated 60 square-mile area of Lyme Bay, which is also a candidate special area of conservation (cSAC).

Mr Hammond, age 57, of Exmouth pleaded guilty to one charge in August 2012. He was ordered to pay fines and costs of 4,406.40. Mr Reinfelds, age 26, also of Exmouth, pleaded guilty to the same charge, and was ordered to pay 1,900.

Magistrates at Weymouth Magistrates' Court said the fines and costs "reflected the serious nature of the activity, namely dredging in the prohibited area".