HC Deb 30 March 1896 vol 39 cc376-7

I beg to ask the Chief Secretary to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, whether he is aware that the gunboat recently sent to Galway Bay to protect the fishermen from illegal steam trawling, has captured two steam trawlers while engaged in this unlawful practice in prohibited waters; and whether, in view of the fact that this steam trawling places the lives of over 100 Galway fishermen in nightly peril, he will instruct the law officers of the Crown to prosecute the offenders?


It is the fact that on the 21st instant two steam trawlers were seized by a gunboat whilst trawling within prescribed limits in Galway Bay. Proceedings were at once taken against the masters of the trawlers, with the result that they were fined £5 each and costs for the illegal fishing, and their nets were forfeited. I also learn that they were fined in the further sum of £25 each and costs for not burning lights on the night of seizure.

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