Under Recording of Plaice, Dab Costs Owner, Masters £5,00017 July 2012
UK - On Friday 13 July the masters and owner of the Anglo Dutch vessel Angsar (E104) were sentenced by North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court for failing to maintain an accurate logbook.
In May and June 2011, it was found the masters of the vessel, Jan de Boer and Klass de Boer, had logged different live weights for plaice and dab to the actual weight landed as determined through sales notes and landing declarations. These discrepancies were identified through the UK Cross Checking System.
Although the fish was landed abroad, enforcement action was taken by the Marine Management Organisation’s North Shields office as the administration port for the vessel.
Both masters and a representative of the company, who were all members of the De Boer family, attended court and pleaded guilty to all charges. The Bench reduced their fines due to their early pleas.
The owner, Buchan E104 Limited, was fined £2,640 and ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and a third of the legal and investigation costs, which were awarded in full (total of £1,525.20.)
Jan de Boer was fined £666, ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and a third of the legal and investigation costs. Klass de Boer was fined £333, ordered to pay a £15 victim surcharge and a third of the legal and investigation costs.
The Marine Management Organisation recognises that the vast majority of the fishing industry is compliant with the rules that govern its commercial activities.
MMO said it aims to encourage compliance with fisheries legislation through education, advice and guidance to the industry wherever possible. Where necessary it may take enforcement action which could result in a court appearance, potential fines for masters and owners, and forfeiture of equipment imposed by the court.
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