A former salmon draft web licence holder has been discovered responsible of two breaches of fisheries laws when he was discovered to be in possession of 13 untagged salmon within the boot of his car.
Liam Whyte of Ardara, Co Donegal was convicted in relation to an unlawful fishing incident which occurred on the tenth July 2017.
The case was first heard in Glenties District Courtroom on the 27th February 2019 the place Mr Whyte was convicted and fined €1,300 for possession of the salmon and fined prices of €750.
In mild of earlier convictions the court docket imposed a sentence of three months imprisonment which was suspended for 2 years, provided that there be no additional convictions below the Fisheries Acts throughout that point.
Mr Whyte appealed the ruling to Donegal Circuit Courtroom and the case was heard on the 14th March 2023.
As Mr Whyte had not come to the eye of the courts within the intervening interval the court docket waived the three months suspended sentence and as a substitute convicted Mr Whyte on two counts of breaches in fisheries laws with fines amounting to €2,800 and prices of €979.63.
Commenting on the end result of the case Dr Milton Matthews, Director of the North Western River Basin District Inland Fisheries Eire (IFI) mentioned: “I commend the continued vigilance of our fisheries safety officers who conduct intensive surveillance operations all year long to make sure that licenced salmon draft web holders comply absolutely with the strict tagging and quota laws.
“Any salmon killed in extra of the quota recognized for any specific salmon fishery instantly impacts on the long-term sustainability of that salmon fishery.
“It’s crucial for all stakeholders to strictly abide by tagging and quota laws to safeguard the way forward for these beneficial fisheries. Members of the general public can report incidents of unlawful fishing, water air pollution and fish kills, to Inland Fisheries Eire’s 24-hour confidential hotline quantity on 0818 34 74 24.”
Fisherman convicted after untagged salmon present in boot of auto was final modified: April twenty fourth, 2023 by