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Fishing in closed area lands fine for trawler master

Irish-registered boat caught in closed area

A trawler master has been prosecuted for fishing for king scallops in a closed area. 

The crew of DEFA’s fisheries protection vessel Barrule detained the Irish-registered Golden Fleece off the north west coast of the Isle of Man on Sunday.

On Tuesday, Ryan John Newell of County Down appeared before magistrates and admitted fishing in a closed area.

He was fined £5,000 with £125 costs and ordered to forfeit his catch of 33 bags of scallops, worth £2,163.

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