Skipper fined after paperwork failure

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A fishing boat skipper explained to Campbeltown Sheriff Court how difficult it was to comply with paperwork when working in remote locations.

Ciaran McIntyre, of 68 Longrow, Campbeltown, admitted two offences when he appeared before the court last week, that he failed to submit the fishing log book and landing declarations to the relevant authorities, as required by law, between February 14 and May 29, 2018 at Kyle, Portree, Campbeltown and elsewhere.

The paperwork has to be submitted as soon as possible and no later than 48 hours after landing in respect of each voyage.

‘At some places there is no box in the harbour [for leaving the paperwork] that you are supposed to use,’ he said, adding, ‘the whole penalty system is a farce.’

Sheriff Patrick Hughes fined the 34-year-old a total of £800.