French fishermen fined £10,000

Two French fishermen have been fined £10,000 for operating in Jersey waters illegally.

David Sylla and Nicholas Leridez, skippers of the Cherbourg registered trawler Louis Pauline were caught trawling without a permit.

They were fined for not having a correct permit and being in Jersey waters without authorisation.

Fisheries Officer David Yettram said it sent a message that Jersey's waters were being protected.

Sylla and Leridez admitted beam trawling with a vessel with engine power exceeding 221kw as well as fishing in a zone without permission and trawling without the correct permit, during the case at the Magistrate's Court.

Mr Yettram said examinations of the boat's monitoring system showed they trawled in Jersey's waters on 31 separate days.

He said: "The Louis Pauline is not based in one of the French ports within the Granville Bay Area and was using a restricted method in a restricted zone and landing species that could otherwise have been caught by local French, Jersey and Guernsey boats that hold the correct permits.

"The vigilance of the fisheries team has resulted in a successful prosecution and hopefully sends a clear message that Jersey's waters are being actively monitored and patrolled."

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