Dungannon Magistrates' Court has granted an order to the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) to allow the destruction and disposal of fishing equipment used illegally on waterways which fall under the Dungannon County Court district for a period stretching back almost three years.
Eighteen separate offences were detected by DAERA Inland Fisheries Staff between February 2017 and November 2019, with all of the incidents taking place either on Lough Neagh or the River Blackwater.
In total, 12,240 yards of illegal monofilament net, 8,700 yards of illegal unmarked net, 58 fyke nets, 26 leaders and three fishing reels were seized.
After the granting of the forfeiture order on Monday 10 February 2020, DAERA officials said that the outcome in the case was a clear demonstration of the commitment of Inland Fisheries staff in pursuing those who use illegal fishing methods and how they have a detrimental impact on fishing stocks.
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