Undersized scallop catch costs more than £7,700 – Fishupdate.com

Undersized scallop catch costs more than £7,700 Published:  02 July, 2013

The owners and master of the Brixham-registered scalloper Van Dijck (BM362) have been ordered to pay more than £7,700 by Brighton Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to retaining scallops below the minimum landing size.

The court heard yesterday, July 1, how on 8 September 2012 the vessel was inspected by marine enforcement officers from the Marine Management Organisation upon landing into Newhaven.

They found approximately 1.3 tonnes (almost 12% of the total catch) of scallops retained on board that were caught in Area VIId and were below the minimum landing size of 110 mm.

The owners, McLeod Trawlers, were ordered to pay a total of £7,365.30. This was:

a £2,500 fine for retaining scallops below the minimum size £4,715.30 legal and investigation costs £150 victim surcharge.

The master, Mr G Smith, was fined £333 plus a £33 victim surcharge.