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UK fisherman ordered to pay over £6,500 for breaking fisheries byelaws July 16,2019   |  Source: GOV.UK

A licensed net fisherman in Sunderland, United Kingdom, was given a substantial fine and made to pay legal costs after admitting breaking fisheries byelaws in breach of his licence conditions.

Appearing at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, on July 10, William Rarity, aged 66, of James Williams Street, Sunderland admitted casting a drift net from his boat inside the Wear Conservation Zone on 16 August last year and failing to correctly complete the return catch log book issued to him.

The Wear Conservation Zone is classed as a prohibited conservation area all year round, and between the months of June and August there’s a higher concentration of salmon and sea trout migrating upstream to spawn.

Prosecuting for the Environment Agency, Chris Bunting told the Court that in September at the end of the licence season, Fisheries Officers checked the catch return logbook sent in by Rarity, and found some apparent alterations from around 16 August which aroused suspicions. When later questioned, Rarity claimed he had simply made some mistakes. He also handed over numerous invoices from the local fish merchants purportedly showing that the amended logbook entries corresponded with what he had sold.

However, when the fish merchants’ actual invoices were obtained and checked


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