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 dateOffence descriptionOutcome of investigation
12/12/17Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited areaUnder investigation
25/09/17            Failure to meet permit condition by not returning monthly catch dataOfficial caution issued
13/09/17Using scallop dredges during curfew hours                          £2000 FAP paid
31/08/17Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area                 Case discontinued
25/08/17              Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area Under Investigation
17/07/17Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited areaProsecution in Court (joint prosecution with Devon and Severn IFCA for two offences, one in Cornwall and one in Devon)
Owners fined:
£9,500 for offence in Cornwall
£8,000 for offence in Devon
Ordered to pay £4,285.75 compensation to local shellfish boat for loss of shellfish pots.
Ordered to pay £3,765 towards costs for Devon and Severn IFCA.
£175 Victim surcharge.
Total penalty for owner £25,725.75

Case against Master is yet to be heard in court.
26/06/17Removing mutilated lobster
Removing undersized male edible crab
Removing undersized female edible crab 
Removing undersized spider crab
 
Official caution issued to Master and owner.
16/04/17Failure to meet permit condition by not returning monthly catch dataProsecution in court                                  
Master/owner fined £1700 + £2500 costs+ £150 victim surcharge.
16/02/17Failure to meet permit condition by not returning monthly catch dataOfficial caution issued
31/08/2016Hand-gathering mussels without a licence in the Fal FisheryAdvisory Letter
25/08/2016Using scallop dredges during curfew hoursMaster and Owner issued formal written warning
11/08/2016Using scallop dredges during curfew hoursProsecution in court
Master fined £4000 + £3574 costs + £120 victim surcharge.
Owner fined £2000 + £2134 costs + £120 victim surcharge.
26/05/16Using bottom towed gear in prohibited areaProsecution in court
Master fined £440 + £183.17 costs + £44 victim surcharge. Owner fined £15000 +  £2000 costs +  £170 Victim surcharge.
22/04/2016Removing undersized lobster
Removing Berried lobster
Written warning
17/04/2016Using a of fixed net failing to satisfy 3m headline depthCase discontinued
05/04/2016Removing undersized male edible crab
Removing berried lobster
Removing mutilated lobster
£250 FAP paid
31/03/2016Using bottom towed gear in prohibited areaVerbal warning
10/03/2016Retaining parts of crab from pots
Retaining undersized velvet crab
Failure to meet permit conditions by not returning monthly catch data 
£2000 FAP paid
11/02/2016Using 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.
04/01/2016Retaining undersized bass below Minimum Conservation Reference Size Written warning
10/12/2015Using a fixed net failing to satisfy 3m headline depthNet destroyed
02/12/2015Using a trawl net in Camel estuaryCase discontinued
09/11/2015Using a fixed net failing to satisfy 3m headline depthAdvisory letter
28/10/2015Hand-gathering oysters without a licence in Fal shellfish FisheryWritten warning
12/08/2015Using a fixed net to retain less than 70% target speciesVerbal warning
12/08/2015Using a fixed net to retain less than 70% target speciesVerbal warning
11/08/2015Using bottom towed gear in a prohibited area £2000 FAP paid
23/07/2015Retaining undersized scallops£500 FAP paid
16/07/2015Using a net in River Fowey during prohibited periodCase discontinued
11/07/2015Carrying undersized spider crab on board
Landing undersized edible crab
Formal cautions issued
09/07/2015Using scallop dredges during curfew hours£1000 FAP paid
24/06/2015Retaining undersized scallops£500 FAP paid
18/06/2015Fishing for bass from a boat in a bass nursery area
Using sandeel as bait from aboat in a bass nursery area
£1000 FAP paid
17/06/2015Undersized lobster found in unmarked store potNo further action
03/06/2015Removing undersized oysters and mussels from Fal Shellfish FisheryVerbal warning
03/06/2015Removing undersized oysters and mussels from Fal Shellfish FisheryVerbal warning
26/05/2015Using a boat to retain crab and lobster without a permit£250 FAP paid
22/05/2015Retaining undersized bass, pollack and crabVerbal warning
27/04/2015Retaining undersized lobsters£500 FAP paid
13/04/2015Using a fixed net to retain less than 70% target species
Removing undersized male edible crab
Removing undersized female edible crab
£1000 FAP paid
09/04/2015Retaining edible crab claws (exceeding 1% by weight from pots)£500 FAP paid
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