Friday, February 10th 2012 - 04:19 UTC

Royal Navy patrol issues record fine to Dutch fishing vessel

A Royal Navy patrol ship has issued a record on-the-spot fine to fishermen using undersized nets after sailors boarded a Dutch fishing vessel in the North Sea. HMS Mersey, one of the Royal Navy's three fishery protection vessels, was on routine duties when she spotted the FV Elizabeth sailing 40 nautical miles off the Norfolk coast.

HMS Mersey discovered nets were undersized

The Commanding Officer decided to send over a boarding team, led by Marine Enforcement Officer Midshipman Phill Fordham, to carry out a full inspection.

On the vessel, the team found that the two cod-ends (the section of the net that catches and holds the fish) were significantly undersized, meaning that young fish and vulnerable species were unable to escape as the nets were dragged through the water.

On reporting the infringement to the Marine Management Organisation, HMS Mersey issued the trawler's captain with an £8,000 financial administration penalty.

The Commanding Officer of HMS Mersey, Lieutenant Commander Mark Anderson, said: “This is a great result for my ship's company and another example of the continued effectiveness of Royal Navy fishery protection vessels working to enforce important fisheries legislation in and around UK waters.”

HMS Mersey is one of three ships that form the Royal Navy's Fishery Protection Squadron, the oldest of the Royal Navy's squadrons. The ships patrol UK and EU waters inspecting fishing vessels at sea and enforcing fisheries regulations on behalf of the Marine Management Organisation, a government agency.

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1 stick up your junta (#) Feb 10th, 2012 - 12:06 pm Report abuse
Bad Fido,
2 briton (#) Feb 10th, 2012 - 02:04 pm Report abuse
poor fido, caught again .
3 you are not first (#) Feb 11th, 2012 - 04:25 am Report abuse
It is very impressive how the Royal Navy is using the money of the tax payer. It that what are doing with 1 Billion dollars equipment ? Really???
4 stick up your junta (#) Feb 11th, 2012 - 07:58 am Report abuse
1 Billion dollars equipment ? Really???

Well its making you argies cry like bitches over one type 45 and a rescue pilot
5 briton (#) Feb 11th, 2012 - 09:15 pm Report abuse
What an idiot of the funniest kind
Name me one country on the planet, [except Argentina]
That does not use tax payers money to fund its military

As we all know Argentina uses your money does it not,
6 BenC30 (#) Feb 12th, 2012 - 01:26 am Report abuse
#3 - why is it a problem that this is using UK taxpayer's money to run operations like these?

- How does this compare to how the navy in Argentina is funded or does Argentina not have a navy anymore?

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