Fishing regulations breached by Dutch boat off Plymouth
A DUTCH skipper and company have been fined and ordered to pay costs adding up to more than £50,000 for breaching fishing regulations in British waters.
Plymouth magistrates ordered the detention of the boat Johanna for a day until the solicitors gave an undertaking the court debt would be paid within a week.
Master Eric Van Linden, from the Netherlands, and Dutch company Zeevisserijbedri both admitted breaching fishing regulations on nets and the size of its catch.
The court heard Johanna retained onboard 12,184 kilograms of haddock, which exceeded the allowed limit. Van Linden was fined £13,000 and was ordered to pay £1,120 in costs to the Marine Management Organisation, which brought the case. The company was fined £38,385.75 and ordered to pay £2,143 in costs. The fine took into account the full value of the catch at £34,385. Magistrates also ordered that the boat be detained pending payment. But the court released Johanna the following day when the company's solicitor gave the undertaking.
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