The Master of a Spanish registered fishing vessel was found guitly of fishery offences at Bantry District Court
The Master of the Mariscador, a Spanish registered fishing vessel, has been found guilty in Bantry District Court of logbook offences and under-recording of Hake.
Fines totalling €5,000 were imposed. The vessel was detained by Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) Sea-Fisheries Protection Officers from the Castletownbere Port Office on Tuesday last, 6th July, in Castletownbere.
Commenting on the verdict, Dr Steele Chair of SFPA said: “The accurate recording of catches is essential to ensure effective quota management. Failure to do so threatens stock management and the sustainability of our marine resources.”
“Most operators work within the requirements of the EU Common Fisheries Policy, but there are still some who choose not to. We are committed to detecting those who don’t comply. Our risk-based approach to regulation allows us to identify activity and vessels that pose a higher risk, and where we find non-compliance, we are taking appropriate action,” she added.
Source: Press Release