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Scallop dredger owner and master fined


ACCORDING to a government press release, the master and owner of Scottish scallop dredger the King Explorer were each convicted following guilty pleas at North Shields Magistrates Court, after being charged by the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) with breaching scallop legislation.


The court was told that the King Explorer was approached on July 14, 2014 by Royal Navy Fishery Protection officers from HMS Tyne.


The vessel, which was fishing for king scallops, was positioned 3.6 nautical miles within the 12-mile limit. It was found to be using 12 dredges per side in contravention of Article 4 of The Scallop Fishing (England) Order 2012 No 2283, which limits the number of dredges that can be used to fish for king scallops inside the 12 mile limit to eight dredges per side.


The value of the scallops caught by the vessel was found to be £11,293.00.


Neither the company nor the master had any previous fisheries offences recorded against them.


Having heard the facts and the defendants’ mitigation the court fined the master John William King, £3,000 and ordered a payment of a victim surcharge of £120  and £375towards the costs of the prosecution.


The company which owns the vessel, West Coast Sea Products Ltd was fined £8,000.00 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120 and £375 towards the costs of the prosecution and an additional discretionary fine of £5,657 based on the value of the catch.

Angler warned of possible ban

A Chester-le-Street angler, who was caught fishing in a prohibited area in Durham faces a ban if discovered fishing illegally again.


According to an Environment Agency (EA) press release, Jonathan Cummings, of Northlands, who was found guilty in his absence by North Durham magistrates of an offence under local byelaws, was fined £110 and ordered to pay £120 costs and £20 victim surcharge. The court said he could be banned from fishing if he appeared again.


EA fisheries enforcement officers caught Cummings fishing in the prohibited area - which is intended to provide protection to fish that congregate below weirs when travelling to their spawning grounds - below Framwellgate Dam on the River Wear on August 5 last year.


Kevin Summerson, EA fisheries enforcement team leader said: “These byelaws are important for the protection of all species of fish, in particular at times when they are attempting to migrate upstream to reach spawning grounds.


“Offences of this type can have a serious effect on the spawning at a time when salmon and trout are perceived to be in decline on many of the rivers in England.”

Enjoy the tranquility of Hallington

WESTWATER Angling - a fly fishing club with private bank and boat fishing on two 125-acre lakes at Hallington, approximately eight miles north of Corbridge, Northumberland – has announced its prices for the 2015 season.

A full membership is £530 per annum and there is no charge for junior members. A member guest day will be £20, a day ticket £25 and a day ticket boat £10. Full members do not pay boat hire.

The annual fee may be paid in instalments and is charged pro-rata for new members joining mid-season (April to October). A two-month trial membership is also available. A member may catch 16 trout in a day (12 catch-and-release, four catch and keep), and up to 270 per year.

The lakes are regularly stocked with hard-fighting, fully-finned rainbows and browns and these waters offer the angler, novice or expert, something very different - something quieter, a haven away from the pressure, competitiveness and sometimes crowded atmosphere of pay-by-the-hour venues. A Hallington day ticket is for the whole day.

The lodge, which overlooks the lakes, has a comfortable lounge, a well-equipped kitchen and ladies and gents toilets.

Fishery manager John Irving, who is based at Hallington, has 40 years' experience with Westwater. He is always on hand for advice, and the club can also provide professional coaching.

The Hallington fishery, managed by Westwater Angling for more than 45 years, provides a very special environment - quiet, peaceful and tranquil, where fishing can be enjoyed at its very best, in the heart of some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK.

To arrange a visit contact John irving on 01434 681405 or visit for more information.

Photo: Environment Agency
David Miller has designed the rod licences for the 2015 season.
David Miller has designed the rod licences for the 2015 season.

Don't forget your rod licence

THE rod licences for the 2015 season went on sale on Monday.
Designed by angling and wildlife artist, David Miller, the image on this year's coarse fishing rod licence is a crucian carp (Carassius carassius) and the non-coarse is a salmon (Salmo salar).
Last year, David's artwork featured on a range of sustainable fish stamps for the Royal Mail.

Sarah Chare, head of fisheries at the Environment Agency, said: "Rod licence income is used to protect and improve fish stocks and fisheries for the benefit of anglers. We want more people to go fishing this year and everyone who does will need one of these licences. We're delighted to see David's stunning designs yet again which promote the beauty of our natural environment and encourage people to give fishing a go."

David Miller said: "Designing this year's rod licence combines two of my passions: fishing and art. The Environment Agency does a fantastic job and I'm proud to be supporting rod licence sales with my artwork."

At £27 for coarse fishing and non-migratory trout, or £72 to also fish for salmon and sea trout, the annual licence is great value for money. There are flexible options to choose from too: a one-day or eight-day licence or the full season. There are also junior and concession options.

You can buy a rod licence online from the Post Office, at your local Post Office or by phoning 0344 800 5386.

Buying a rod licence online from the Post Office website is easy, and saves both time and administration costs, meaning that more of the income can be spent on improving fish stocks and fishing. Always ensure that you buy direct from the Post Office because there are some unofficial websites which charge a handling fee.

Anyone fishing illegally is cheating other licence paying anglers, can expect to be prosecuted and face a substantial fine. In 2013 to 2014, the Environment Agency checked 80,000 rod licences and prosecuted 2,795 anglers for fishing without a licence.

Busy calendar of competitions

NORTHUMBRIAN Water has put together a busy calendar for the new season headlined by the annual WaterAid fundraisers once again generously supported by Hardy & Greys.

This partnership has to date has raised £50,000 for WaterAid - saving more than 3,300 lives in Africa and Asia.

Rainbow trout marked with special sweep tags will continue to be stocked in Fontburn, Derwent, Grassholme and Scaling. Anglers who catch one of these marked fish and who have joined the optional over-18 sweep for just a £1 stake before fishing could win up to £400.

Building on past successes of encouraging young people to have a go, Northumbrian Water continues to push affordable family fishing. The age limit for free fishing with an adult is 18 and all the children in the family under that age can fish for free and share the limit catch with their full paying parent.

Fishing has now opened at all reservoirs. Brown trout caught at Kielder and Derwent before May 1 and after October 31 must be returned.

Whittle Dene is open to coarse fishing all year round.

Competitions lined up for the season include:

Kielder Boat Pairs: Heats April 26, May 24, June 21. The final will be held on July 12.

Fontburn: Lions charity day - May 9.

Kielder Water:  Scierra Boat Pairs - May 9.

Derwent: Bankmaster - June 7.

Kielder Water: Jack Charlton Disabled Anglers Cup - June 10.

Kielder Water: ATTEFF England qualifier - May 31.

Fontburn: Northunberland Blind Association charity day ­- July 31.

Kielder Water: Team of four - August 2.

Whittle Dene: Coarse challenge - August 31.

Derwent Reservoir Charity coarse challenge - November 15.

Slight rise in permit for Coquet and Tyne

THERE will be a slight increase in the price of a Northumbrian Anglers' Federation annual permit for the rivers Coquet and Tyne, with the cost of a full salmon permit rising to £135 (up from £105) and that for a concessionary permit going up to £90 (from £70).

Trout permits for the 2015 season will be unchanged at £70, with a concessionary permit remaining the same at £50.

The permit for fishing for coarse fish on the River Tyne will increase by £5 to £35.

Season permits will only be issued to anglers resident in Northumberland, County Durham and Tyne & Wear but visitor permits are available, with a seven-day, all fish, all waters - including the Coquet tidal stretch - permit going up £10 to £150. A one-day ticket will be £60, also up £10.

The visitors' brown trout-only permits are unchanged at £80 for seven days and £20 for one day.

The NAF say the increase in the permit prices is to take into account that there will be no separate £80 ticket for the tidal stretch on the River Coquet.

The federation's website - - says: "There will be no tidal permit for 2015.

"Alnwick Castle has taken back all waters upriver of Morwick Gate, including the new water at Morwick.

"In return, the federation can now fish from Felton Bridge, south bank only, to just upriver of the Guyzance fish pass. This was formerly known to the anglers as Low Park from Sandy Hole to Guyzance.

"New signage and maps will be updated as soon as possible to show the changes."

The changes can be viewed at

The salmon, visitor and coarse permits are only available from the Head Bailiff. No application forms necessary.

To apply for a permit, send cheque for the correct fee and payable to NAF
also enclose SAE at least 9" x 6" (C5) with sufficient postage to Head Bailiff, 15 Woodlands, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7XZ.

Hardy and Greys of Alnwick will present an item of fishing tackle to the winner of the James Hardy sea trout Trophy for 2015.

All federation members will receive a 10% discount on purchases made in the Hardy and Greys Alnwick store on production of a current federation permit, which will be issued soon. 

February fish count data online

THE Environment Agency has announced that fish count data from the rivers Tyne, Tees and Wear for February is now available on the web.

For the River Wear check

The River Tyne figures are available on

The figures for the River Tees can be found at

Photo: George Macintyre
Tallinn - just one of the cities that can be explored on an FOCL cruise.
Tallinn - just one of the cities that can be explored on an FOCL cruise.

Scandinavian brochure launched

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has launched a new brochure - Fred.'s Scandinavian Adventure - showcasing the breadth of amazing sights, cultures and natural wonders that are waiting to be discovered in the cruise line's Norwegian homeland, as well as across Northern Europe, with prices from £84 per person, per night.

The brochure features a selection of unique experiences, suited to cruisers with a lust for exploration; why not take in the majesty of the Northern Lights, wonder at the spectacular Norwegian fjords, cruise the largest archipelago on the planet to Stockholm, visit the only ABBA museum in the world, or have fun at St Petersburg's White Nights Festival?

Full story on Travel. More FOCL news on Travel 2.

Top five themed cruises of 2015

FRED. Olsen Cruise Lines (FOCL) has created a number of fun, "experiential" sailings in 2015, incorporating a range of special themes, including comedy, gardening, history and Elvis. For the top five themed cruises of 2015 see Travel. More FOCL news on Travel 2.

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Last updated 1919 Sunday, March 29, 2015