£10,000 fine for fishing in no-go zone

Fishing for King Scallops in a no-go zone has cost a UK skipper £5,000.

46-year-old Adrian Derek Rowlands, of Collingwood Street in South Shields, was caught in a restricted area of Manx water on March 9th. 

He was in charge of the Heather Maid when it spent two hours fishing for 183 kilos of King Scallops - the haul was valued at just under £500. 

At Douglas Courthouse earlier this week he admitted breaching fishing restrictions.

The company he works for - Heather Maid Limited - also pleaded guilty to the same offence. 

They fined Rowlands and the company £5,000 each and ordered them both to pay £250 in prosecution costs. 

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