Skippers Escape Prosecution –

Skippers Escape Prosecution Fishing Monthly Published:  12 December, 2002

THREE fishing boat skippers escaped prosecution in Shetland today for failing to comply with regulations designed to safeguard small fish.

After two hours of legal argument, a Sheriff agreed that fisheries officers had failed to follow the correct procedure to check the mesh size of the nets on the vessels, and threw the cases out of court more than two years after the incidents occurred.

Milky Way skipper James Sinclair, aged 65, of Castle Street, Scalloway, walked free after the sheriff’s ruling. The Crown then immediately dropped two similar cases against the 31year old skipper of the Lerwick registered Copious, Mark Anderson, of Garthlea, Gulberwick, and James Pirie, aged 49,of Hayfield Place, Peterhead, who was master of the Peterhead registered Endeavour. All three incidents occurred in September 2000.