Shetland fishermen fined £90,000 for illegal landings – Fishupdate.com

Shetland fishermen fined £90,000 for illegal landings Published:  17 November, 2005

THE skipper and mate of the pelagic trawler Altaire were fined a total of £90,000 yesterday (Wednesday) for the biggest black fish case ever brought in a Scottish court.

John Peter Duncan, 57, and Jerry Ramsay, 51, pleaded guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh to landing 7,600 tonnes of illegally caught herring and mackerel in Denmark between 2000 and 2002.

The value of the fish was £3.4 million, but after expenses the court accepted that the two men, both from Ollaberry, had only netted £990,000 from the haul. Last month they were given two weeks to pay this money as compensation.

The two men appeared for the fourth time in court yesterday when Duncan was fined £50,000 and Ramsay was fined £40,000.

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