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05
Aug

Annan based trawlers guilty of ‘black fishing’

Extracted from the Sunday Mail of 05/08/07

TN Trawlers based in Annan fish the Solway Firth and the south of England were targeted as part of a crackdown on ‘black fishing’ between Jan 04 and July 05.

TN Trawlers, two fish merchants and six skippers admitted breaching the limits.

Chris Nicholson, of Annan, was fined £300 for faking catch reports; Raymond Strachan, of Sandhaven was fined £3200 plus £500 costs after eight charges relating to 43 fish landings; Edward Black, of Eaglesfield, was fined £2500 plus £500 costs after five charges relating to 10 landings; Steven Mundle, of Annan, was fined £1600 on four counts; David Patience, of Peterhead, was fined £400 for one offence and Gary Adams, of Castle Douglas £1000 on two counts.

TN Trawlers, Liverpool Bay Fishing Company and a fish merchant based in Brixham, south Devon, are to be sentenced in October. They all face having money seized. TN Trawlers have an annual turnover of £2.5 million.

Before new laws were introduced in 2005, up to a quarter of all fish landed in Scotland were illegal with the illicit cod market was valued at £20million.

Bertie Armstrong, chief executive of the Scottish Fishermen’s Federation (SFF), said: “If illegal catches are not controlled then there is an inducement for others to break the law.”

2 Responses to “Annan based trawlers guilty of ‘black fishing’”

  1. 1
    den Says:

    While the honest fishermen stick to the rules, their greedy colleagues are stealing their livliehoods, and making a mockery of the efforts they are making to maintain a sustainable fishery.

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    ian robinson Says:

    <p>There’s still too many willing to circumvent all the rules; Mr Lochhead will have to really tighten things up if he expects anyone to believe the SNP and the commercial fishermen are really interested in sustainability.</p>

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