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Castletown brothers fined for illegal fishing

Two men breached by-laws on fishing for lobsters and crabs

Two men from Castletown breached by-laws governing fishing for lobsters and crabs, a court’s heard.

Fifty-three-year-old Iain David Quine, of Malew Street, and 57-year-old Robert Michael Quine, of Hope Street, appeared before High Bailiff Jayne Hughes at Douglas courthouse.

Both pleaded guilty to two counts of illegally fishing – a third charge against them was withdrawn by prosecution advocate James Robinson.

The court heard the brothers had used 260 fishing pots in Manx waters, more than their licence allowed them to.

The men, who own the Nancy Ellen fishing boat, were also supposed to mark all of the pots with their licence number, but failed to do so when they were caught on 9 April.

Mr Robinson told the hearing an aggravating feature of the case was that the vast majority of the pots were within the Island’s three-mile limit rather than its 12-mile territorial waters, and the maximum fine for each offence was £100,000.

Mrs Hughes adjourned the case until 16 July, when both men will be sentenced.

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