Illegal salmon netting and obstructing Inland Fisheries Ireland Officers costs Fisherman €4,500

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Media Release

Illegal salmon netting and obstructing Inland Fisheries Ireland Officers costs Fisherman €4,500

Monday, 16th of November 2020: Mr Donal Healy with an address of Castletownbere, Co. Cork was fined €4,000 plus costs at Bantry District Court on Wednesday 28th October, 2020 after being found guilty on two counts of illegal fishing and the obstruction of Inland Fisheries Ireland Protection Officers. Evidence in relation to the offences was given before Judge James McNulty, sitting at Bantry District Court. The breaches of Fisheries Legislation occurred on the 5th of July 2019 off Quarry Point, Co. Cork.

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) Officers outlined the facts of the case to the court and how Mr Healy had been observed drift net fishing with a monofilament net off Quarry Point. He attempted to prevent Fisheries Officers from boarding his vessel on its return to Blackball Harbour by casting off and pulling away from the pier. IFI Officers managed to board the vessel at sea and seized the illegal 300 metre long salmon drift net. Judge McNulty imposed fines of €2,000 for illegal fishing, €2,000 for obstructing the Fisheries Officers and Mr Healy was ordered to pay a further €500 in costs to Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Sean Long, Director of the South Western River Basin District at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “I would like to commend the Fisheries Protection Officers vigilance, perseverance and continuous commitment to protecting migrating salmon on their journey back to their spawning grounds. Mr Healy’s selfish actions put into jeopardy the very survival of a protected species in Irish rivers. This conviction highlights the ongoing issue of illegal netting for salmon and our zero tolerance of this serious environmental crime.

I urge members of the public to continue to report instances of illegal fishing, water pollution and invasive species by calling Inland Fisheries Ireland’s confidential hotline number on 1890 34 74 24 or 1890 FISH 24.”

For more information on Inland Fisheries Ireland, visit www.fisheriesireland.ie.

ENDS

For media information:

Sadhbh O’Neill

Communications Assistant

Inland Fisheries Ireland

E: sadhbh.oneill@fisheriesireland.ie  

T: 01 8842632/ 087 101 9998

About Inland Fisheries Ireland

Inland Fisheries Ireland is a statutory body operating under the aegis of the Department of Environment, Climate and Communication (DECC) and was established under the Fisheries Act on 1st July 2010. Its principal function is the protection and conservation of the inland fisheries resource. Inland Fisheries Ireland promotes supports, facilitates and advises the Minister on the conservation, protection, management, development and improvement of inland fisheries, including sea angling. Inland Fisheries Ireland also develops policy and national strategies relating to inland fisheries and sea angling and advises the Minister on same.