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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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Record fine for Spanish fishing firms

A court has ordered a Spanish fishing company, its UK subsidiary and their captains to pay a total of £1.62 million for serious fisheries offences.

This is the highest court order amount ever imposed in a Marine Management Organisation (MMO) fisheries case.

Truro Crown Court handed down the sentence in relation to illegal overfishing of ling and hake, a particularly vulnerable fish stock, between 2009 and 2010 by two fishing vessels – the Spanish-registered Coyo Tercero and UK-registered O’Genita.

Charges brought by the MMO included providing false entries in logbooks and failing to record trans-shipments.

The defendants – masters of the vessels, Jose Antonio Perez Garcia (Coyo Tercero) and Jose Manuel Martinez Sanchez (O’Genita), and the owning companies pleaded guilty to charges at an earlier hearing in Truro on 5 April 2012.

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