Lough Neagh Commercial Fisherman fined for a number of fishing offences
Today at Dungannon Magistrates Court, Mr. Patrick Ryan, (69) of Killycanavan Road, Stewartstown, Dungannon Co. Tyrone was served with a £465 fine after he was found guilty of 5 breaches of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 and 1 breach of the Fisheries Regulations (2014).
On the 13 July 2018 Fisheries Protection Officers from DAERA Inland Fisheries were carrying out quay inspections around Lough Neagh, when they detected Mr Ryan in a quay upon a commercial fishing boat removing fish he had caught from illegal monofilament nets.
Mr Ryan was given 26 weeks to pay the total fine of £465 which included a £15 offender levy. A disposal order was also granted for the disposal of the nets.
The outcome in this case demonstrates the commitment of DAERA Inland Fisheries enforcement staff in pursuing those whose actions have a detrimental impact on fish stocks.
Due to the indiscriminate nature and unregulated mesh sizes that monofilament nets have on fish stocks they are illegal to use for the capture of fish within the DAERA Inland Fisheries catchment area.