A FRENCH vessel caught overfishing hake and using irregular nets by a Portsmouth-based navy patrol ship has been ordered to pay £13,600 in fines and costs.
HMS Severn made a routine boarding of the Bara Brenn which was fishing south west of Land’s End.
Sailors quickly discovered a significant difference between the amount of hake recorded and what had been caught.
The vessel had also been fishing in a Hake Recovery Area where stocks are already dangerously low.
Severn’s commanding officer Lieutenant Commander Catherine Jordan said: ‘This is my last patrol in command of HMS Severn and I’m very proud to have been part of the Fishery Protection Squadron and leave having watched the team working so professionally one last time.’
At Truro Magistrates’ Court the owner of Bara Brenn admitted three counts of failing to keep an accurate logbook, a twine net thickness offence and the incorrect use of a strengthening bag.