Fisherman faces razor clam fine

Admitting to fishing illegally for razor clams in Luce Bay could land an Irvine man with a £50,000 fine.

Thirty-six year old boat skipper David Frew appeared at Stranraer Sheriff Court for sentencing on Tuesday after pleading guilty to fishing commercially for razor clams without a licence between June 19, and September 3, 2013, at both Drummore harbour and one mile west of Irvine harbour.

Sheriff Kenneth Robb explained to the accused the maximum penalty for this breach of fishing laws was £50,000.

The sheriff also requested more information from the Crown about what happened to Frew’s catch and sentence was futher deferred until October 7.

In June this year a month long joint operation between the police and Marine Scotland successful halted a group of vessels suspected of fishing with electricity in a bid to potentially harvest over £200,000 worth of razor clams in Luce Bay in Dumfrie and Galloway.