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Owner and master to pay more than £12,000 for logbook offences
Published:  24 September, 2012

The joint owner and master, Christopher Armstrong, alongside the other joint owner David Armstrong, of the Emma Jane (WY173) pleaded guilty at North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court on Friday 21 September 2012 to five counts of failing to submit a logbook, four in December 2011 and one in May 2012.

Marine enforcement officers discovered that sales notes received from sellers of fish under the Registration of Buyers and Sellers Scheme did not have any corresponding logsheets from the vessel that landed the fish. Christopher Armstrong was interviewed under caution on 13 June 2012 and admitted that he did carry out the five fishing trips, and not submitting the logsheets was his mistake.

Christopher Armstrong was fined £5,000 for the five counts, and David Armstrong £2,500. Both were each ordered to pay £407.50 toward the investigation and court costs, £2,058.25 for the value of the catch, and a victim surcharge of £15. The total penalties were, respectively, £7,480.75 and £4,980.75 for the joint owner, a total of £12,461.50

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