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Scallop fishery advisor breached rules, court hears

The captain of a fishing boat has been fined £5,000 for breaching a curfew in Manx waters.

Melvyn Reid - who has since resigned as a member of the Scallop Management Board which advises the government on fishery protection - was fishing for king scallops south west of Douglas at 5.38am on November 8 last year.

Fishery rules say you can't fish until 6am. 

Reid, from Queen's Valley in Ramsey, admitted the offence when he appeared before magistrates.

As well as a fine, magistrates ordered him to pay £210 costs. 

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