§ Lord KENNET
asked Her Majesty's Government:
The number, nationality and type of fishing vessels which have been apprehended within British Fishery limits since 1st January 1977; on what dates they were apprehended; whether they had failed to observe British and NEAFC regulations, and what penalties have been imposed.
§ Lord STRABOLGI
During the period 1st January to 30th April 1977 the 11 foreign fishing vessels listed below were convicted of offences against British Sea Fisheries legislation, including that giving effect to NEAFC recommendations, committed while they were within British Fishery limits. In addition, following harbour boardings by Fisheries Departments' Inspectors, 16 British vessels have been reported for alleged infringements of conservation orders and further action is being considered. Sea Fisheries Committees of England and Wales are responsible for enforcing their own bye-laws (and have limited powers to enforce certain national fisheries legislation) but details of convictions secured by these Committees are not available.151WA
Date of Offence Nationality Type of vessel Offence Penalty Imposed 23.1.77 Faroese Purse-seiner Illegal fishing (outside designated area) Fined £20,000 24.2.77 Danish Trawler Illegal fishing (outside designated area) Fined £2,500 catch confiscated 24.2.77 Danish Trawler Illegal fishing (outside designated area) Fined £2,500 catch confiscated 25.3.77 Dutch Beam trawler Landing of immature sea fish Fined £200 plus £81 costs immature catch confiscated 7.4.77 Russian Trawler Illegal fishing (without a licence) Fined £10,000, gear and catch confiscated 10.4.77 Danish Trawler Using under-sized net Fined £1,000, gear confiscated 13.4.77 Spanish Pair-trawlers Illegal fishing (outside designated area) Each skipper fined £10,000 gear and catch confiscated 13.4.77 Spanish 16.4.77 French Trawler Using under-sized net Fined £250 plus £100 costs part of net confiscated 28.4.77 Spanish Pair-trawlers Illegal fishing (outside designated area) Each skipper fined £15,000 gear and catch conficated 28.4.77 Spanish