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Lough Neagh fisherman pleads guilty to a number of breaches of Fisheries Legislation

Mr Martin Quinn (41) of Mullan Road, Coagh, Cookstown County Tyrone pleaded guilty today at Magherafelt Magistrates' Court to four breaches of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966, and fined a total of £315.

During an inspection of a commercial fish dealers log book it was discovered that Mr Quinn had sold fish between March 2019 and September 2019 without the appropriate licence in place, a follow-up investigation took place and it was suspected Mr Quinn was in contravention of Section 110, Section 45, and Section 113 (1) (2) of the Fisheries Act (NI) 1966.

Mr Quinn was fined £75 for each of the four charges, along with an offender levy of £15. He was given 16 weeks to pay.

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 and to ensure the appropriate licence is in place.

Martin Quinn pleaded guilty on 24 February 2021 to four breaches of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 and given a total fine of £315.

  • Section 45 Falsification, etc., of licences.

  • Section 110 Prohibition of sale, etc., of salmon or trout unlawfully captured.

  • Section 113 Prohibition of sale, etc., of salmon, trout and eels without licence


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