Fine for fisherman for breach of byelaw

An Amble man has been fined £300 after pleading guilty to using undersized edible crab for bait.

Eddie Armstrong, of St Lawrence Avenue, was fined £300 and ordered to pay a total of £960 in solicitors’ and officers’ fees.

Magistrates at North Tyneside heard that the offence was detected by Northumberland Inshore Fisheries & Conservation officers during a sea patrol, during which they inspected vessels and static gear close inshore in the vicinity of Hadston.

A number of pots were then found baited with undersized edible crab contravening NIFCA byelaw 9. The purpose of this byelaw is to help protect and sustain this important local fishery.

Of 30 pots inspected, 21 were found to be baited with edible crab.

The court heard that Armstrong had a previous conviction from January 2008 for retaining undersized fish aboard his vessel.