The Angling Trust has today launched a campaign to force the relevant authorities to appeal against the judgement passed by Judge Phillip Wassal at Exeter Crown Court when he gave a two-year conditional discharge instead of a fine to Newlyn-based W Stevenson and Sons. The company was convicted on eight charges of dealing in “black fish”. This involves putting fish which are subject to quota through the books as other species of fish which are not subject to quota. It pled guilty to another 37 charges.
Angling Trust members and sea anglers in general can sign up and support our campaign by clicking this link and signing our online petition. This petition is being laucnhed in place of providing a specimen letter for members to download as we feel it will more efficient and powerful for us to make the representation on behalf of members.
For more on information or to access the AnglingTrust website please click here.
The Angling Trust would also like to correct a inaccurate figure issued in our previous release on this subject. In it we stated “In the past eighteen months the MFA has had 22 major prosecutions in respect of the same or similar breaches of the regulations. These have resulted in fines totalling £22.63 million. This averages £1 million per prosecution in fines alone.”
We understand this figure for fines & costs is in fact £2.63 million pounds. We would like to apologise for any confusion this may have caused.