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Trawler owner fined for flouting laws

PUBLISHED: 12:15 15 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:31 05 July 2010

A LOWESTOFT trawler owner has been fined after flouting fishing laws off the south coast.

David Waldron, of Edelweiss Close in Carlton Colville, and Michael Micieli, 48, from Jersey, admitted fishing within three miles of the shore in large boats off Littlehampton, Sussex.

A LOWESTOFT trawler owner has been fined after flouting fishing laws off the south coast.

David Waldron, of Edelweiss Close in Carlton Colville, and Michael Micieli, 48, from Jersey, admitted fishing within three miles of the shore in large boats off Littlehampton, Sussex.

They were both fined £3,000 and ordered to pay £1,500 prosecution costs at a hearing at Chichester magistrates court on Friday.

The fishing restrictions are aimed at encouraging bream to breed off the coast of Sussex and both Mr Waldron, 60, and Mr Micieli received heavy fines in 2005 for similar offences.

Robert Clark, an officer for the Sussex Sea Fisheries Committee, said: "Committee officers undertake boardings and inspections of fishing vessels in often very challenging conditions and they spend a considerable amount of time enforcing regulations to try to ensure the sustainable exploitation of the bream industry.

"I commend the actions of the officers in this case for securing the evidence against these illegal fishermen. I know they have the support of the local fishing fleet and anglers by bringing these criminals to justice."

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