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
25/08/17               Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area                     Under Investigation
31/08/17               Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area                     Under investigation
13/09/17 Using scallop dredges during curfew hours                           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
 
Under investigation
16/04/17 Failure to meet permit condition by not returning monthly catch data Under investigation
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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