An Embleton man was given a 12-month conditional discharge after pleading guilty to fishing offences related to marking his gear.
Robert Neil Redpath, of Greyfield Estate, entered the pleas at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on June 29 to offences of failing to comply with NIFCA byelaw No. 11 by failing to use appropriately marked fishing gear and failing to comply with NIFCA byelaw No. 15 by being a permit holder and fishing without fixing to them a yellow tag issued by the authority.
The offences occurred on December 21 last year when Northumberland Inshore Fisheries and Conservation officers (IFCOs) checked the gear of the defendant at Newton Haven.
The untagged pots were seized by officers and the others returned to the sea after inspection.
Redpath was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay total costs of £747.50.