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Enforcing fisheries regulation 'top priority' says minister

Follows prosecution of Ramsey fisherman

Enforcing sea fisheries regulation is a 'top priority' for the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture.

It follows the successful prosecution of a Ramsey fisherman who was caught obstructing fisheries officers in August last year.

Sixty-two-year-old Melvin Reid, of Queens Valley, was fined £6,000 after refusing to let officials inspect his catch and dumping excess queenies into the sea.

You can find the full details of the case HERE.

The sea fisheries industry is worth around £20 million to the Manx economy and supports 300 jobs.

Minister Geoffrey Boot says the prosecution serves a reminder that his department takes the preservation of the environment seriously.

He said: "Our regulations are place to protect and support both the fishing industry and our marine environment.

"The department considers the enforcement of these regulations as a top priority and expects that, when doing so, officers are not obstructed."

A dive team from the Department of Infrastructure assisted in locating the catch that had been disposed of but by the time it was retrieved it was dead. 

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