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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Fraserburgh , Scotland

    Default Heavy fines for logbook discrepancies


    A MASTER and vessel owner were ordered to pay 14,030 in fines and costs by Plymouth Magistrates' Court on 2 April for four fisheries offences relating to logbook errors between October 2011 and April 2012.

    The case was brought by the Marine Management Organisation, which is responsible for fisheries management in England.

    Skipper of the L'Ogien (PZ28), Steven Fletcher, and owner David Thomas pleaded guilty to the charges in December 2012.

    The four offences relate to the failure to complete a fishing logbook in accordance with regulations. The offences were discovered during inspections at sea by the Royal Navy and Marine Management Organisation.

    During sentencing, magistrates told the court that the offences were a "systematic ignorance of the rules" and stated that it was the responsibility of the skipper to adhere to the rules and regulations in place.

    The Marine Management Organisation recognises that the vast majority of the fishing industry is compliant with the rules that govern its commercial activities.

    It aims to encourage compliance with fisheries legislation through education, advice and guidance to the industry wherever possible. Where necessary they may take enforcement action which could result in a court appearance, potential fines for masters and owners, and forfeiture of equipment imposed by the court.

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    Join Date
    Jun 2007


    Just imagine, if he was the Right Honorable Steve Fletcher, he could have just apologised, blamed it on an administrative oversight and that would have been that !!!!

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