Tuesday 20 March 2018

Navy nets its biggest catch yet

The LE Roisin detained a trawler almost eight times its size.
The LE Roisin detained a trawler almost eight times its size.

Tom Brady Security Editor

The Naval Service has landed its biggest ever catch for alleged breaches of fishing regulations.

The LE Roisin detained a massive fishing trawler that was almost eight times its own size yesterday morning.

The Dutch-registered vessel is, however, well known within the Irish fishing industry.

Now known as the Annelies Ilena, it was formerly the Atlantic Dawn, the pride of the Irish fishing fleet when it was was owned by the late Kevin McHugh from Killybegs, Co Donegal.

The LE Roisin, which is an 1,800 tonne vessel, detained the 14,000 tonne Annelies Ilena about a hundred nautical miles north-west of Tory Island and escorted it into Killybegs port yesterday evening.One of the biggest fishing vessels in the world, it is the largest detained by the Naval Service. The arrest was made as part of a joint operation between the Naval Service and the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority.

After it arrived at Killybegs, the Annelies Ilena was handed over to the gardai for further investigation.

It was detained as a result of allegations it had breached fishing regulations by what is known as high-grading its catch. This means the crew discarded smaller fish from its catch and then filled its quota with larger, more profitable fish.

Irish Independent

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