Marine Fisheries Agency News Release
A man who caught bass on rod and line
from his unlicensed boat and then sold them illegally to a fish
merchant was fined Â£600 and ordered to pay Â£400 costs by magistrates
at Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, on Monday April 16th.
Richard Eynon, 28, of Burry Port, Llanelli, pleaded guilty to selling
over 50 kilos of bass worth Â£300 caught on his unlicensed boat
Anna-Bell, to a Cornish fish merchant.
The prosecution, brought by the Marine and Fisheries Agency, cited a
sales note from the fish merchants which revealed Mr. Eynonâ€™s name and
bank details on transactions between June 8th and 13th 2006.
A Marine and Fisheries Agency Spokesman said: â€œUnlicensed catching and
selling of bass is a serious matter which is of legitimate concern both
to the commercial fishermen of South Wales and to serious sea anglers.
â€œSuch illegal activity can do serious damage to fish stocks as well as distorting the market for licensed fishermen.â€