Lough Neagh Commercial Fisherman given £300 fine at Craigavon Magistrates Court

Date published: 04 January 2022

Today at Craigavon Magistrates Court, Mr. Patrick Joseph Wylie (77) of Back Lower Road, Killycolpy, Dungannon Co. Tyrone was given a £300 fine after he was found guilty of one breach of Regulation 31 of Fisheries Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 that are legislated under the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966.

On the 17th December 2020 Fisheries Protection Officers from DAERA Inland Fisheries were carrying out a routine boat patrol on Lough Neagh when they observed nets being fished containing numerous amounts of juvenile undersize fish, a further check of the mesh size was carried out and no part of the net was found to be compliant with the permitted mesh size as stipulated within regulations; a marker buoy attached to these nets had a licence number issued to Mr Wylie.

Mr. Wylie was given 8 weeks to pay the £315, which includes a £15 offender levy. A disposal order was also granted for the disposal of the illegal nets.

The outcome in this case demonstrates the commitment of DAERA Inland Fisheries enforcement staff in pursuing those whose actions have a detrimental impact on fish stocks.

Notes to editors: 

  1. Mr Patrick Joseph Wylie was found guilty on 4th January 2022 of one breach of Regulation 31 of Fisheries Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2014 that are legislated under the Fisheries Act (Northern Ireland) 1966 and given a £300 fine. In addition, Mr. Wylie was ordered to pay a £15 offender levy
  2. Minimum mesh sizes on fishing nets are required for conservation purposes.
  3. Regulation 31 - A person shall not have in their possession or control on the waters of Lough Neagh or on or near the banks of the waters of Lough Neagh, a single wall set net or trammel net, for the taking of freshwater fish, with a mesh size of less than 27 millimetres from knot to knot or 108 millimetres to be measured all round each mesh
  4. DAERA Inland Fisheries enforcement is committed to pursue those who actions have a detrimental impact on fish stocks. If you are aware or suspect illegal fishing or actions that may impact fish stocks or habitat you should contact DAERA Inland Fisheries on 0300 200 7860 or outside office hours contact 0800 807 060.
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