Dutch trawler case is adjourned until March

A prosecution case against the master of a Dutch trawler that was detained in Killybegs last month has been adjourned.

The vessel had been detained for breaching EU fishing regulations.

The case was adjourned until next year at Donegal Circuit Court on Tuesday.

Master of the 144m vessel, Annelies Ilena(pictured), formerly the Atlantic Dawn vessel, Gerrit Plug, 57, is accused of discarding smaller fish in breach of EU regulations and failing to correctly fill in the log -book.

As part of a Naval Service and Sea Fisheries Protection Authority (SFPA) surveillance operation, the trawler was detained off the north west coast near Tory Island on November 22 by the Irish Naval Service vessel LE Roisin. It was handed over to An Garda Siochána at Killybegs port for suspected infringements relating to “high grading” of fish, whereby smaller fish are discarded in breach of EU regulations, with larger fish retained to increase the value of the catch.

The vessel, which had been fishing for horse mackerel, was released the following Tuesday after a €250,000 bond set by the High Court was paid. At the request of prosecution and defence barristers, Judge John O’Hagan agreed to an adjournment to the next sitting of Donegal Circuit Court on March 25.




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