A PORTSMOUTH-based Royal Navy patrol ship caught a fishing vessel using illegal nets in the North Atlantic.
HMS Severn was 200 miles off Land’s End, Cornwall, when she inspected the fishing vessel in an operation that lasted more than 24 hours.
The Spanish Stern-Trawler Herbadi Dos was found to be using nets of a type prohibited in the area.
At Plymouth Magistrates’ Court, the master and owner of the Herbadi Dos pleaded guilty to using nets that failed to meet the twine thickness requirements for fishing in the Hake Recovery Area.
The master was fined £5,000 and has to pay a £15 victim surcharge.
The owner was fined £15,000 and ordered to pay £5,345 in costs and pay a £15 victim surcharge.
Total fines including costs were £25,375.
Lt Matthew Warren, the ship’s executive officer, said: ‘This is another example of the Royal Navy’s commitment to marine enforcement.
‘The detention was down to conscientious work by a team working in difficult conditions – it paid off and the result is a clear deterrent to others that may be engaged in similar activity.’
HMS Severn, a fishery protection vessel, patrols UK and EU waters.