THREE men have been told to pay more than £2,000 each after illegally gathering clams from beaches to sell.
The shellfish were taken from beach areas which were not classified for harvesting for human consumption, putting public health at risk.
Father and son Iain Heathcote Janes, 50, of Redwood Drive, Portchester, and Matthew Daniel Janes, 32, of Trent Walk, Fareham were each found guilty of four offences under the Food Hygiene (England) Regulations 2006.
Daniel Sousa, also known as David Doyle, of Lake Road, Portsmouth, also pleaded guilty to a similar offence in an earlier hearing on August 9, 2011, which was held as a result of the same investigation.
The offences were committed at beaches in Littlehampton and Rustington, in West Sussex, on April 22, 23, 27 and May 5, 2010.
The defendants were witnessed gathering shellfish in the early mornings on the beach at Littlehampton and again shortly after delivering to Viviers, a fish merchants at Camber Docks at Portsmouth.
Magistrates imposed fines and costs totalling £2,200 each.
Arun District Council prosecuted the three men at Worthing Magistrates’ Court last week, in an action which followed numerous complaints from people living along the coast about large quantities of shellfish being stripped from the beaches.
The defendants’ legal representative said that they were of previous good character and that the clams were destined for use as bait.