The owner of a Kinsale restaurant has been fined after Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) found illegally caught wild salmon in a freezer.
Thye 'Irish Examiner' reports that officers from the IFI carried out a number of inspections last summer on restaurants in Kinsale with a view to checking on whether illegally caught fish were present.
Bandon District Court heard that, on July 25, inspectors visited the Food U restaurant operated by Una Crosbie in the Co Cork town, and checked two freezers. In one, six individually wrapped salmon were found.
Solicitor for the IFI, Vincent Coakley, said it was “clear on visual inspection that they had been netted”, as the fish had marks on their scales.
He had earlier told Judge Mary Dorgan that it has been illegal for a number of years to net salmon offshore but it was “common knowledge” that illegally netting was still being carried out.
In addition to having possession of the illegally caught fish, there was a second charge of not having tags on the salmon, as required by law. “It was in that context the inspection was carried out in a number of restaurants,” said Mr Coakley.
Judge Dorgan fined Ms Crosbie €75 for each of the six salmon, €200 on the conviction of not having the fish tagged, and told her to pay €450 towards the IFI’s costs in the case of €2,125.