Spanish Fishing Firms Fined

Two Spanish fishing firms received some of the largest fines in British maritime history today after breaking strict EU quotas.

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MMO's reaction to the record fine for fisheries offences

We are pleased that the court has recognised the seriousness of these offences.

This company systematically abused the quota system for significant and unfair financial gain, threatening the future sustainability of an already vulnerable fish stock and impacting on the businesses of legitimate fishermen by flooding the market with cheaper fish.

The majority of the fishing industry is compliant with the rules that govern its commercial activities, but we will ensure that those who aren’t do not enjoy unfair financial advantage from illegal sales.

– Danny Poulding, Senior Investigating Officer, Marine Management Organisation

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