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Belgian Beamer fined £20,000 for illegal fishing

A Belgian beam trawler which used ‘blinders’ - illegal linings in her trawl nets - to catch illegal undersized fish which were then kept, was forced to tie up four days while the skipper and owner faced prosecution by the Marine and Fisheries Agency.

The skipper and owner of Belgian Beam trawler De Marie Louise both pleaded guilty to fishing illegally in the North Sea , at North Shields Magistrates court on Tuesday May 8th.

They also discovered over 4,000 illegal under-sized sole, headed skinned and frozen, which had been retained. Catches of plaice and skate had been under recorded in the ship’s fishing log book.

Marc Morbee (cor), and owners BVBA Rederij De Marie (cor), both of Belgium, were fined £5,000 each for retaining undersized sole; £3,000 each for the illegal net attachments;£150 each for under recording plaice and skate, costs of £2,330 each, making a total in fines and costs of £20, 960.

Further details here.

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