Angler fined for a number of fishing offences

Date published: 12 October 2020

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A Co Armagh angler was today convicted at Dungannon Magistrates Court of fishing without a licence and permit and using fishing methods not permitted under legislation.

Mr Catalin Buda (32) of St Marks Wood, Portadown Road, Tandragee, Co. Armagh was found guilty in their absence at Dungannon Magistrates Court to three breaches of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 and was fined a total of £350 along with an offender levy of £15.

On the 5th May 2019, DAERA Fisheries Protection Officers were on routine patrol of DAERA (PAE) Public Angling Estate waters at White Lough, Co Tyrone when they detected Mr Buda angling without a valid DAERA rod license and permit and the use of unauthorised method of angling on DAERA water known as “ground baiting” using sweetcorn and Halibut pellets.  

The total fine of £350 consisted of fines of £150 for fishing without a permit along with £100 for the remaining two breaches detected of fishing without a rod licence and use of an unauthorised method of angling on DAERA water along with an offender levy of £15, Mr Buda was given 20 weeks to pay the total of £365. 

DAERA Inland Fisheries enforcement is committed to pursue those who have a detrimental effect on fish stocks.  If you are aware or suspect illegal fishing, you should contact DAERA Inland Fisheries on 0300 200 7860 or outside office hours contact 0800 807 060.

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