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Unlicensed Commercial Rod and Line Fisherman Gets £1,000 Fine

Apr 16,2007 SACN


A man who caught bass on rod and line from his unlicensed boat and then sold them illegally to a fish merchant was fined £600 and ordered to pay £400 costs by magistrates at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, on Monday April 16th.

Richard Eynon, 28, of  Burry Port, Llanelli, pleaded guilty to selling over 50 kilos of bass worth £300 caught on his unlicensed boat Anna-Bell, to a Cornish fish merchant.

The prosecution, brought by the Marine and Fisheries Agency, cited a sales note from the fish merchants which revealed Mr. Eynon’s name and bank details on transactions between June 8th and 13th 2006.  

A Marine and Fisheries Agency Spokesman said: “Unlicensed catching and selling of bass is a serious matter which is of legitimate concern both to the commercial fishermen of South Wales and to serious sea anglers.

“Such illegal activity can do serious damage to fish stocks as well as distorting the market for licensed fishermen.”

Notes to Editors:

The Marine Fisheries Agency is an executive agency of government which is tasked with service delivery, inspection, and enforcement provided by the government to the fishing industry and other marine users in England and Wales.

The MFA has overall responsibility for the enforcement of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP) and its associated regulations within the 60,000 square miles of English and Welsh waters.

MFA’s key objectives are :

* to be a key partner in the management of marine fisheries

*  to enforce fisheries regulations, professionally, consistently and fairly

* to contribute to the sustainable use of the marine environment

* to provide advice which informs effective policy and helps customers abide by it.


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comment Comments (3 posted) 
  • You can cut it whatever way you like mr or mrs m mouse but the guy was selling bass on a commercial basis, quite rightly he was brought before the courts. It's guys like that who give both commercial and rsa a bad name. Interesting comment Basskev, would you please be king enough to enlighten us further. Cheers.
(Posted on April 20, 2007, 4:20 pm barry luxton)

  • When will the marine Fisheries Agency deal with the massive exploitation of Commercial rod caught bass out of beaumaris and Aber menai in Nth Wales. What that South wales guy did pales into insignificance to what the Guys who live in Rosemary Lane at Beaumaris are doing over the last 10 years with impunity, be better off telling the tax man I guess
(Posted on April 19, 2007, 8:42 pm Basskev)

  • Yey another headline with the word 'Commercial' thrown in by a biest editor. Everyone can see that the DEFRA release does not mention the word commercial. This is an recreational fisherman trying to sell his catch. Just another member of the black fish market who for once got caught.
(Posted on April 18, 2007, 3:08 pm M.Mouse)

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