Newlyn trawler fined for log book offences Published: 27 August, 2007
THE owners and skipper of the Newlyn based beam trawler William Sampson Stevenson have been fined a total of £27,195 in fines and costs for two log book offences.
All pleaded guilty to the charges at Camborne Magistrates Court on August 23 in a case brought by the Marine and Fisheries Agency (MFA).
The court heard how the vessel claimed in its fishing log book that on two trips in April this year it caught large amounts of sole in a certain area of the Western Channel.
But MFA fisheries offices found catch records aboard the boat, which contradicted the log book entries and revealed that much of the sole was caught on both trips in a different area.
The vessels skipper, Glenn Andrew, 46, of Newlyn was fined a total of £2,165 in fines and costs.
Owners, Anthony Stevenson, 70, and William Stevenson, 79, both of Newyln were ordered to pay a total of £25,030 in fines and costs for the same two offences.
An MFA spokesman said after the case: It is vital for stock conservation that fishing log books are accurately kept and show what species was caught and which area.
The MFA needs to properly monitor the up-take of quota for valuable species like sole, and marine scientists need accurate information on which to base their assessment of stocks.
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