Belgian trawler fined for fishing in UK waters –

Belgian trawler fined for fishing in UK waters Published:  31 October, 2006

Ipswich Magistrates Court

A BELGIAN trawler caught fishing illegally inside the UK’s 12-mile

limit was ordered to pay more than £12,000 yesterday.

The master and owner of the Sonja Z19 pleaded guilty at Ipswich

Magistrates Court after being boarded by HMS Quorn last Friday and

taken to Harwich.

The court heard that the trawler had been fishing inside the 12-mile

limit on two consecutive days.

The court fined the master and owner £500 each, plus £8,000 for the

fish caught and £3,100 costs.

A Marine Fisheries Agency spokesperson said:

“This punishment should act as a deterrent to anyone who tries to

flout the 12-mile limit at the expense of local fishing fleets whose

livelihoods depend on the fish there.

“We take seriously our job of enforcing European and UK laws and we

will take action against anyone caught breaking the rules, to protect

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