Enforcement activities

The table below gives details of current investigations as well as sanctions and prosecutions brought by Cornwall IFCA.

Cornwall IFCA will bring enforcement action against breaches of some European and National fisheries legislation, as well as local byelaws.

For more information about our regulations and byelaws please, click here .

For more information about the penalties or sanctions available to us please read our enforcement strategy click here .

If you would like to discuss any of the incidents reported below, or if you would like any clarification on any of the legislation we enforce please contact us .

Note: A FAP is a Financial Administrative Penalty. The Authority may issue a FAP up to £10,000, as an alternative to criminal prosecution in certain circumstances. A FAP is only offered when the Authority is prepared to instigate legal proceedings and prosecute should the offer not be accepted.

Incident date

Offence description

Outcome of investigation

12/12/17

Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area

Under investigation

25/09/17

Failure to meet permit condition by not returning monthly catch data

Official caution issued

13/09/17

Using scallop dredges during curfew hours

Under investigation

31/08/17

Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area

Case discontinued

25/08/17

Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area

Under Investigation

17/07/17

Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area

Under investigation

26/06/17

Removing mutilated lobster
Removing undersized male edible crab
Removing undersized female edible crab
Removing undersized spider crab

Official caution issued to Master and owner.

16/04/17

Failure to meet permit condition by not returning monthly catch data

Prosecution in court
Master/owner fined £1700 + £2500 costs+ £150 victim surcharge.

16/02/17

Failure to meet permit condition by not returning monthly catch data

Official caution issued

31/08/2016

Hand-gathering mussels without a licence in the Fal Fishery

Advisory Letter

25/08/2016

Using scallop dredges during curfew hours

Master and Owner issued formal written warning

11/08/2016

Using scallop dredges during curfew hours

Prosecution in court
Master fined £4000 + £3574 costs + £120 victim surcharge.
Owner fined £2000 + £2134 costs + £120 victim surcharge.

26/05/16

Using bottom towed gear in prohibited area

Prosecution in court
Master fined £440 + £183.17 costs + £44 victim surcharge. Owner fined £15000 + £2000 costs + £170 Victim surcharge.

22/04/2016

Removing undersized lobster
Removing Berried lobster

Written warning

17/04/2016

Using a of fixed net failing to satisfy 3m headline depth

Case discontinued

05/04/2016

Removing undersized male edible crab
Removing berried lobster
Removing mutilated lobster

£250 FAP paid

31/03/2016

Using bottom towed gear in prohibited area

Verbal warning

10/03/2016

Retaining parts of crab from pots
Retaining undersized velvet crab
Failure to meet permit conditions by not returning monthly catch data

£2000 FAP paid

11/02/2016

Using bottom towed gear in Special Area of Conservation
Using scallop dredges during curfew hours
Retaining undersized scallops
Failing to complete electronic logbook

Prosecution in court
Master fined £1200 + £1000 costs + £120 victim surcharge. Owner fined £4000 + £4547 costs + £120 Victim surcharge.

04/01/2016

Retaining undersized bass below Minimum Conservation Reference Size

Written warning

10/12/2015

Using a fixed net failing to satisfy 3m headline depth

Net destroyed

02/12/2015

Using a trawl net in Camel estuary

Case discontinued

09/11/2015

Using a fixed net failing to satisfy 3m headline depth

Advisory letter

28/10/2015

Hand-gathering oysters without a licence in Fal shellfish Fishery

Written warning

12/08/2015

Using a fixed net to retain less than 70% target species

Verbal warning

12/08/2015

Using a fixed net to retain less than 70% target species

Verbal warning

11/08/2015

Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area

£2000 FAP paid

23/07/2015

Retaining undersized scallops

£500 FAP paid

16/07/2015

Using a net in River Fowey during prohibited period

Case discontinued

11/07/2015

Carrying undersized spider crab on board
Landing undersized edible crab

Formal cautions issued

09/07/2015

Using scallop dredges during curfew hours

£1000 FAP paid

24/06/2015

Retaining undersized scallops

£500 FAP paid

18/06/2015

Fishing for bass from a boat in a bass nursery area
Using sandeel as bait from aboat in a bass nursery area

£1000 FAP paid

17/06/2015

Undersized lobster found in unmarked store pot

No further action

03/06/2015

Removing undersized oysters and mussels from Fal Shellfish Fishery

Verbal warning

03/06/2015

Removing undersized oysters and mussels from Fal Shellfish Fishery

Verbal warning

26/05/2015

Using a boat to retain crab and lobster without a permit

£250 FAP paid

22/05/2015

Retaining undersized bass, pollack and crab

Verbal warning

27/04/2015

Retaining undersized lobsters

£500 FAP paid

13/04/2015

Using a fixed net to retain less than 70% target species
Removing undersized male edible crab
Removing undersized female edible crab

£1000 FAP paid

09/04/2015

Retaining edible crab claws (exceeding 1% by weight from pots)

£500 FAP paid

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