Trawler detained for under reporting catch

Trawler detained for under reporting catch
A judge ordered a trawler to be detained in Killybegs because crew under recorded the number of monkfish they caught.

A judge ordered a trawler to be detained in Killybegs because crew under recorded the number of monkfish they caught.

Eleven of the Dunboy’s thirteen member, mainly Spanish crew, appeared at Ballyshannon Court on Friday.

The Irish-registered trawler was carrying approximately €98,000 worth of fish of various species.

Garda John Malone told the court that he was seeking a detention order for the Irish-registered trawler, which landed at Killybegs around 3am that morning.

He said Fisheries Officers were concerned that the crew had caught more monkfish than was recorded on the official register.

Sea Fisheries Officer John Hederman explained that all trawlers must report their catches before coming into port.

“There is a tolerance for being 10% over or under the figures recorded,” he added. “However, any excess of that is a breach of regulations.”

The Dunboy reported a catch of 4,730kg, which corresponded to 110 boxes that fisheries officers initially found aboard.

A further 36 boxes, were concealed in the hold, however, Mr Hederman said. This meant the catch was 20% more than reported.

Judge Kevin Kilrane granted a detention order for 48 hours. Gardai said it was not necessary to detain the crew and he said they were free to go but must stay in the port area as long as the trawler was detained.

Read more in Monday’s Donegal Democrat and People’s Press.