DUTCH TRAWLER SKIPPER GUILTY OF ILLEGAL FISHING OFF DONEGAL

first_imgA DUTCH trawler skipper has been fined €105,000 after being found guilty of illegal fishing in Co Donegal waters.Gerrit Plug was found guilty by a jury in Donegal Town Circuit Court today of three counts.The jury returned an 11-1 majority verdict in two of the charges and a unanimous verdict in the third charge. Plug, is the owner of the skipper of the 144-metre long Annelies Ilena, formerly the Atlantic Dawn, which was stopped by the Irish Navy vessel LE Roisin on November 22, 2013, off Tory Island.The jury found him guilty of failing to record discards over 50kg and guilty of discarding mackerel over 15cms which he should have kept on board.They also found him guilty of having a larger space between bars in the factory area of the boat which would have discarded mackerel the skipper should have kept on board.It is a landmark ruling for the country’s Sea Fisheries Protection officers who gave evidence over three days.The rules are in place to prevent over-fishing.The prosecution had alleged that the Annelies Ilena was deliberately discarding smaller fish to increase the value of its catch.More than 50kg of fish were found in a scupper – or discharge chute – by naval and sea fisheries staff.All of the mackerel were more than 15cms long. Instead of being weighed and counted against the ship’s quota, they were to be discharged into the Atlantic.Other more serious and technical charges were withdrawn from the jury by Judge John O’Hagan.There are 13 Irish fishermen among the 58 crew aboard the ship, which is currently docked off the Canary Islands.The verdict could affect future quotas for the Dutch-registered trawler.Richard Lyons, senior counsel, said his client had been fishing for 39 years without any previous convictions.Patricia McLaughlin, for the prosecution, said the maximum fine on each charge was €35,000.She also said that forfeiture of all the gear and catch – worth €5.8M – was part of the legislation.However Mr Lyons argued this was not correct.Judge O’Hagan said he didn’t believe the legislation allowed for the mandatory forfeiture of catches and gear.He imposed a total fine of €105,00 on Plug – the maximum €35,000 on each of the three charges.The judge said the vessel was the “King of the Seas” and added: “As such it should be setting a good example to other fishermen and other trawlers.”DUTCH TRAWLER SKIPPER GUILTY OF ILLEGAL FISHING OFF DONEGAL was last modified: March 27th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Annelies Ilenaatlantic dawnGerrit Plugguiltyskipperlast_img read more

New Courthouse for Mandeville

first_img Addressing the swearing-in ceremony for 35 new Justices of the Peace (JPs) for Manchester at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on February 1, the Minister said at least six regional court complexes are needed over the next three to five years, and that at least three are to begin in this fiscal year, “but at the very minimum, we must have two, one of which must be in Manchester.”. Mr. Chuck said that when the Health and Safety Act is implemented in the next few months, the Mandeville courthouse building could be declared a disaster and could be locked down, and he might have to beg for time to complete the new courthouse. Story Highlights Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says construction of a new courthouse for Mandeville, Manchester, should begin in the next fiscal year.Addressing the swearing-in ceremony for 35 new Justices of the Peace (JPs) for Manchester at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville on February 1, the Minister said at least six regional court complexes are needed over the next three to five years, and that at least three are to begin in this fiscal year, “but at the very minimum, we must have two, one of which must be in Manchester.”.Mr. Chuck said that when the Health and Safety Act is implemented in the next few months, the Mandeville courthouse building could be declared a disaster and could be locked down, and he might have to beg for time to complete the new courthouse.“The difficulty is that we have 40 acres on which it could be built, but the land is too far away in Hatfield and everyone wants it in Mandeville, where there is no place to put it. I will be speaking to all the stakeholders and residents of Manchester, so that if Hatfield is not the right place, then they will have to find me a place in Mandeville where we can start building in early 2020 or the end of this calendar year,” he said.The Minister commended the new JPs and encouraged them to strive to make Manchester the best and let the parish shine.(more)New Courthouse…2“A lot will depend on you to make Jamaica a better place. We want to create a good society, but we cannot have a good society of bad people. You are good people, who would not have been selected if you were not persons of good character. Character is everything, if you have it, you don’t care what other people say. That is expected of all of you. You must know that when you are not being watched, you know you are doing right,” he said.Mr. Chuck also told the new JPs to stand up for what is right, good and just and be persons of substance to whom young people could look for mentorship.Meanwhile, outgoing Custos, Hon. Sally Porteous, told the audience that it was her final commissioning ceremony in the role as Custos of Manchester, as she would be retiring as soon as a new one had been selected by the Governor-General.“As you embark on your new career, people will look at you differently. They will expect things of you today that they did not expect yesterday. They will try to make you do things and sign papers that are not correct, so I beg you to be strong and vigilant,” she cautioned.The Custos told the JPs to be mindful of their behaviour and comportment, as people would be watching to see how they conduct themselves, treat others, respect law and order and conduct their affairs.“Remember that you were selected because we believe that you can play an important role in your communities, not only in helping to keep the peace, but in setting the kind of example that will bring positive and lasting influence on those around you,” the Custos said. Minister of Justice, Hon. Delroy Chuck, says construction of a new courthouse for Mandeville, Manchester, should begin in the next fiscal year.last_img read more