fined scallop fishing closed

A company director and the Master of the fishing vessel Alysee Rose FY 64 have been fined for fishing in scallop closed season

A company director and a fishing vessel Master have been fined for fishing in scallop closed season, reports Devon and Severn IFCA.

Charges were brought against the Master of the UK-registered fishing boat Alysee Rose FY 64 after it was found to have been scallop dredging inside the D&S IFCA District on four fishing trips between 27 July and 11 August 2022. During this time, the Master of the vessel was not named on the Permit as the Named Representative. The Named Representative as stated on the Permit was one of the Company’s Directors.

Many sources of information were used by D&S IFCA’s Enforcement Officers in their investigation including Inshore Vessel Monitoring System (IVMS) positional data.  Since 2018, all mobile gear vessels between 6.99m and 15.25 metres in overall length, operating at sea in the D&S IFCA District, have been required to have a fully functioning I-VMS device on board.

The summarised list of charges for the Master and owning company were as follows:

On four fishing trips between 27 July and 11 August 2022 the Master of the British Registered Fishing Vessel Alysee Rose FY64, operated the vessel otherwise than in accordance with a Permit by removing scallops from a fishery within the District in the closed season (July, August, and September).

The summarised charges for the Director were as follows:

Between 27 July 2022 and 11 August 2022, a director of Fox Davies Fishing Ltd, the owners of the UK-registered fishing vessel Alysee Rose FY64 (and the Named Representative as listed on the Permit), did aid, abet, counsel, or procure the operation of the vessel otherwise than in accordance with paragraph 14 of the Mobile Fishing Permit Byelaw.

All mobile fishing activities within the District are managed under D&S IFCA’s Mobile Fishing Permit Byelaw. The Byelaw enables Permit Conditions to be issued that manage the fishing activity.

The Category One (at sea) Permit Conditions prohibit the removal of scallops (Pecten Maximus) by mobile gear fishing vessels from within the D&S IFCA District during the months of July, August, and September.

It is a condition of the Mobile Fishing Permit Byelaw (paragraph 14) that the Permit Holder or the nominated Named Representative must be present on board the vessel named in the Permit whilst mobile fishing gear is in use.

Fishing vessel Alysee Rose FY64 was reported fishing for scallops within the District on 08 August 2022. This led to an investigation by D&S IFCA’s Enforcement Officers.

At the hearing at Plymouth Magistrates Court on 05 June 2023, the Director of the Company, and the Master of the vessel Alysee Rose FY64, pleaded guilty to all charges. After the early guilty plea discount, and the addition of victim surcharge, the master was fined a total of £1,766.  The Director was fined a total of £4,121.

Following discussions between the legal representatives, the owning company Fox Davis Fishing accepted a simple caution and provided a contribution towards costs to the value of £6,000.

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