Poole fisherman fined for obstruction
JOHN Baldwin, 34,from Hamworthy pleaded guilty at Bournemouth Magistrates Court this week to two charges of obstruction in Poole Harbour, in contravention of Section 292(4) of the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. The Magistrate heard how, on 27th December 2012, Mr Baldwin discarded his catch of shellfish when asked to stop, and prevented a fisheries and Conservation Officer from carrying out an inspection. The Magistrate further heard that on 9th January 2013 Mr Baldwin intentionally obstructed another fisheries and conservation officer in the performance of his duty, in that he failed to stop to allow his vessel to be boarded and inspected.
The prosecution was brought by Southern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority (IFCA). Southern IFCA is one of ten IFCAs whose jurisdictions cover the entire coastline of England. Southern IFCA was created in 2011 and is tasked with the sustainable management of inshore sea fisheries resources in coastal waters off Hampshire Dorset and the isle of Wight.
Mr Baldwin was fined £600 and ordered to pay £400 towards the Southern IFCA costs, plus a surcharge £40 towards victim support. The Deputy Chief Officer who attended the court on the Authority’s behalf said: “Mr Baldwin pleaded guilty and apologised for using inappropriate language. He stated that he would be more compliant and work with IFCA Officers when inspected in the future. These regulations are important as they allow fisheries and conservation officers to ensure the correct sizes of fish and shellfish are taken. The rules support the important fishing industry in the local area. Southern IFCA is committed to protecting the fishery to ensure healthy seas, sustainable fisheries and a viable industry.”
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