Skipper convicted at Downpatrick Magistrates' Court

Date published: 06 January 2020

A County Down skipper was today convicted for fishing 79 lobster pots inside the Sea Fisheries Exclusion Zone in Strangford Lough.

John Boyd, (67) of Comber Road, Killyleagh is the owner and skipper of the Silver Crest N896.

He admitted to one charge of contravening Article 3 of The Strangford Lough (Sea Fishing Exclusion Zones) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012.

He has had all 79 lobster pots confiscated and received a £100 fine plus court costs.

Notes to editors: 

1. It is an offence contrary to Article 3 of The Strangford Lough (Sea Fishing Exclusion Zones) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012 to fish pots within the closed zone.

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