County Londonderry man convicted of illegal fishing

Date published: 24 July 2019

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Mr Algirdas Karbauskas, (63) of Highfield Road, Magherafelt pleaded guilty today at Magherafelt Magistrates' Court to two breaches of the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 and was fined a total of £150 along with an offender levy of £15.

On the 8 September 2018, DAERA Fisheries Protection Officers were on routine patrol when they detected Mr Karbauskas illegally catching fish by a method known as “stroke hauling”. All associated equipment was seized on detection along with any illegally caught fish.

The total fine of £150 consisted of fines of £75 per breach detected along with an offender levy of £15, Mr Karbauskas was given 20 weeks to pay the total of £165. A disposal order was also granted for the forfeiture of all associated equipment.

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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