Judge hands out heavy fines in Newlyn black fish case
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    Default Judge hands out heavy fines in Newlyn black fish case

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    THE owners and skippers of six Newlyn fishing vessels who deliberately over-fished protected fish stocks for financial gain and an auctioneer who sold their fish were ordered to pay a total of £188,450 in fines and costs by a judge at Truro Crown Court today.

    The owners and skippers had been convicted following two earlier court hearings in 2006 and 2007 of a total of 114 specimen charges of failing to submit landing declarations that accurately indicated the quantities of each species landed.

    The deception related to illegal landings of fish between April to September 2002. The specimen charges totalled fish to the value of £141,000.

    Fish auctioneers, the partnership of W. Stevenson and Sons, of Newlyn, which was also convicted of failing to supply accurate sales notes of the fish is subject to confiscation proceedings under the Criminal Justice Act 1988. They face confiscation of any assets acquired through illegal fish trading. Those proceedings are still ongoing.

    The partnership’s auctioneer Julian Bick, 44, of Newlyn who was convicted at Truro Crown Court in October 2006 of four counts of aiding and abetting W. Stevenson & Sons was fined a total of £12,000 with £6000 costs.

    The boats targeted and landed high value quota species of fish such as cod, hake and anglerfish but then mis-described them on documents supplied to Defra as non-quota species like ling, turbot and bass.

    The court heard it was a deliberate well-organised deception to avoid the quota restrictions which aim to protect fish stocks and allow fishermen to take their fair share.

    Instead, the scam allowed vessels’ owners to maximise their profits because they did not have to buy or lease in the quota for the species they had actually caught – even though it was available throughout the investigation period.

    The six vessels were: The Carol H; the Ajax; Girl Patricia; Ben Loyal; Ben My Chree and CKS.

    Owners of the Carol H, Barney Thomas, 56, Cynthia Thomas, 54, of St Ives and their skipper Philip Mitchell,39, of Newlyn were fined £10,500 each for seven counts of submitting false landing declarations and ordered to pay £34,000 total costs.

    Owners of the Ajax, Barney Thomas, 56 and Cynthia Thomas, 54, of St Ives were fined £8000 each and their skipper Raymond Knight, 62, of Manaccan £2400 on eight counts of submitting false landing declarations. Total costs were £2400.

    Owners of Girl Patrica, Leonard Williams,72,of Newlyn and his skipper Arthur Williams, 47, of Newlyn were fined a total of £9000 each on nine counts of submitting false landing declarations. Total costs were £14,000.

    Owners of the Ben Loyal, Donald Turtle, 83, of Newlyn and Joan Turtle, 72, of Newlyn were fined £3300 each and their skipper John Turtle, 47, of Heamor was fined £11,000 for eleven counts of submitting false landing declarations. Total costs were £6150.

    Owners of the Ben My Chree, Jonathan Hicks, 50 and Doreen Hicks, 83, of Newlyn were fined £2000 each and their skipper James Hicks, 54, of Newlyn was fined £4000 on four counts of submitting false landing declarations. Total costs were £7000.

    Skipper of the CKS, Drew Davies, 40, of Goldsithney, was fined a total of £6000 on six counts of submitting false landing declarations. Costs were £7400.

    After the case a senior MFA spokesman said: “This was an environmental and financial crime. Quota was available for these species of fish throughout the investigation period.

    "This deception was done for financial gain - not to avoid discarding fish. And these activities both endangered fish stocks and penalised legal fishermen by depressing prices.

    "The investigation by fishery officers was detailed and painstaking due to the well organised nature of this deception. The defendants denied their offending to the last moment which led to protracted legal proceedings."

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    i must say i am staggered by the ages of these boat owners,i know that the fishing community is almost being held to ransom by defra but was this ever going to be worth the risk?i am assuming of course that the courts findings were accurate and that the charges made were justified.one thing i have noted from this and other legal cases that i have heard about is that they impose some real harsh fines for fishermen caught out by red tape and beurocracy.

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    the reason the owners are so old is because they are family buisnesses or they were,girl patricia and ben loyal are gone now.carol h still in newlyn but sold to different owners. sid cks

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