£8 million’s worth of false declarations.

| January 6, 2012

At the High Court in Edinburgh today, four fishermen pled guilty to offences of making false declarations regarding over £8 million of fish that they landed.

The offences, in contravention of sea fishing legislation, relate to a number of illegal landings of mackerel and herring at Peterhead between 2002 and 2005, in respect of which the vessel skippers falsely declared the quantity of fish they landed as a means of evading the annual fishing quota allocated to their vessel.

The four accused, their vessels, and the amounts for their undeclared catches are:

• JAMES DUTHIE- Sunbeam - 56 landings worth £1,936,546.13
• IAN BUCHAN- Quantus- 49 landings worth £4,495,568;
• JOHN MACLEOD- Charisma CY88 and the Prowess CY720- 43 landings worth £1,159,761.70;
• MICHAEL MACLEOD- Charisma CY88- 34 landings worth £907,840.50

Cephas Ralph, Head of Compliance at Marine Scotland said: ”Marine Scotland is determined to secure a sustainable future for the sea fishing industry and the coastal communities they support.  Illegal fishing is a crime committed against the marine environment and the many honest fishermen who abide by the regulations and fish responsibly.”

More at http://www.fishupdate.com/news/fullstory.php/aid/16828

[SSACN – it’s just a pity Marine Scotland weren’t more active in the past and the way they continue to allow the depletion of inshore stocks, makes it difficult to believe they are any more active now.]

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