CALISHA LTD FINED £10000 AND SKIPPER FINED £1000 FOR SCALLOP DREDGING WITHIN A PROHIBITED AREA EAST OF FLAMBOROUGH HEAD
On the 22 April 2012 a report was received stating that fishing vessel Calisha PD235 was dredging for scallops to the East of Flamborough Head Special Area of Conservation.
This area is protected by North Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (NEIFCA) emergency byelaw preventing the use of dredges between Filey Brigg and Spurn Head. The purpose of the byelaw is to protect vital artisanal potting grounds and important marine habitats out to six nautical miles
On the 11 February 2013 Calisha LTD entered a guilty plea at Bridlington Magistrates Court. Calisha Ltd owner of Calisha PD235 was fined £10000 and ordered to pay full costs of £1233.92 and a victim surcharge of £15.
Elwyn Hughes, Skipper of fishing vessel Calisha during the offence also entered a guilty plea and was fined £1000 and ordered to pay £15 victim surcharge.
A spokesperson for the NEIFCA said “the fines administered by the court reflected the severity of the offences committed. The decision to implement an emergency byelaw is not taken lightly and any such byelaw is widely publicised. Such breaches will be fully investigated and, when appropriate, further action including prosecution will be considered”