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Identified Infringements

Illegal fishing contributes to the overfishing of valuable fish stocks, many of which are at dangerously depleted levels. Very limited data on convictions for serious infringements (illegal fishing) has been compiled from France, Spain and the UK. Unlike data on fisheries subsidies, it is not official data obtained directly from governments but information collected manually from government websites, press reports and court records. It is therefore certain to be incomplete.

Read more about subsidies and illegal fishing in the fishsubsidy.org report When Crime Pays.

The table below shows vessels that have received fisheries subsidies and have been convicted of serious infringements.

Vessel Name / Registration number Date(s) of offences Description FIFG subsidies 1994-2006 Infringed rules before subsidy?
TXORI ARGI (ESP000025900) 2012 Illegal fishing in Mozambique
Sanction: €1.2 million fine
Skipper/Owner: INPESCA S.A.
€4,674,240.00 No
ALBACORA UNO (ESP000023164) July 2012 Illegal fishing of sharks in the northern Pacific
Sanction: US$55,000 fine
Skipper/Owner: Unknown
€3,773,140.65 No
GALAECIA (ESP000025378) Manipulating satellite control device, obstruction of inspection
Sanction: 120 000 euro, suspension of fishing authorization for 6 months
Skipper/Owner: Vidal Armadores S.A.
€1,511,808.00 No
GALAECIA (ESP000025378) 16/10/2005 Transshipment from a boat that is on CCAMLR list of boats that practice IUU fishing
Sanction: not known
Skipper/Owner: Vidal Armadores S.A.
€1,511,808.00 No
HODEIERTZA (ESP000024963) 12/04/2005 Illegal fishing in French waters, use of illegal fishing gears
Sanction: 60 000 euro deposit, fine unkown
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€1,269,706.25 Yes
MONTE MEIXUEIRO (ESP000026288) 18/11/2005 Illegal fishing and illegal discard practice in Norwegian waters
Sanction: not known
Skipper/Owner: Valiela S.A.
€1,228,992.00 No
MINCHOS NOVENO (ESP000025255) 04/11/2003 Illegal mesh size, unreporting
Sanction: Confiscation of vessels, fishing gears and catch
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€1,146,430.59 No
MINCHOS SEPTIMO (ESP000025049) 04/09/2010 Misreporting of catches in the logbook Skipper/Owner: Jesús Rodríguez Lage
€956,330.46 No
MINCHOS SEPTIMO (ESP000025049) 04/11/2003 Illegal mesh size, unreporting
Sanction: Confiscation of vessels, fishing gears and catch
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€956,330.46 No
VISPON (ESP000026023) 26/07/2007 Misreporting of catches
Sanction: deposit
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€932,779.84 No
SIEMPRE MAITE (ESP000024249) 26/09/2006 Illegal trawlnet size, illegal gear
Sanction: Confiscation of catch, 10 000 euro deposit
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€846,784.67 ?
BERRIZ AVE MARIA (ESP000025310) 08/04/2010 Illegal fishing - Two tons of Sardines onboard (forbidden in the 12 miles between March 1st and june 31st)
Sanction: 3000 €
€788,200.00 No
VIDAR (BEL024622000) 16/11/2010 Illegal mesh size
Sanction: Not know at time of article
€770,174.72 No
GURE REINARE (ESP000024667) 12/04/2005 Illegal fishing in French waters, use of illegal fishing gears
Sanction: 40 000 euro deposit, fine unkown
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€768,503.12 No
LAMEIRO UNO (ESP000024301) 28/03/2010 False declaration on refrigerating system
Sanction: 30,000 € expected. Not clear yet at time of article, but the other vessel (Loremar) was fined € 30,000 with similar infringements
Skipper/Owner: Hermanos Lameiro S.L.
€739,845.85 No
LOREMAR (ESP000024114) 28/03/2010 False declaration on refrigerating system
Sanction: 30000 €
Skipper/Owner: Pesquera Agasan
€725,884.23 No
PLAYA DE ARBEYAL (ESP000023930) December 2003 Possession of 2,5 tonnes of cocaine on board
Sanction: not known
Skipper/Owner: Juan Carlos Calvo Rey
€631,975.49 No
PLAYA DE ARBEYAL (ESP000023930) April 2002 Fishing over quota
Sanction: not known
Skipper/Owner: Juan Carlos Calvo Rey
€631,975.49 No
PLAYA DE ARBEYAL (ESP000023930) 28/11/2004 Unreporting, misreporting, illegal mesh size
Sanction: 30 000 euro
Skipper/Owner: Juan Carlos Calvo Rey
€631,975.49 No
SIBARI II (ITA000017977) 28-Jul-05
29-May-06
20-Jun-06
Use of illegal fishing gear €545,200.00 Yes
LUIS BARRANKO (ESP000023529) 08/04/2010 Illegal fishing - One ton of Sardines onboard (forbidden in the 12 miles between March 1st and june 31st)
Sanction: 2000 €
€541,761.63 No
CIUDAD DE CARTAGENA (ESP000023498) 18/11/2008 Illegal fishing in Maltese EEZ
Sanction: unknown
Skipper/Owner: Antonio Hern‡ndez
€540,592.91 No
CATEAR (GBR000A14932) 08/02/2005 3 unspecified offenses, fishing gear not compliant with EU laws
Sanction: 36 000 euro deposit, confiscation of trawlnet
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€496,221.82 Yes
PUNTA DE SAN MARTIN (ESP000003904) 29/06/2001 Use of illegal gear
Sanction: 100 000 francs deposit
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€482,356.00 Yes
NUEVO MADRE ROSAURA (ESP000023435) 15/12/2009 Misreporting of catches in the logbook (8 tons of fish ofwhich 6,5 tons cod were not declared)
Sanction: 35000 €
€428,775.76 No
VINCENZO PRIMO (ITA000009512) 09/06/2011 Use of illegal fishing gear €409,340.00 No
WODAN (BEL030481983) March 2007 Illegal trawl mesh size
Sanction: Confiscation of catch (10 met tons) and gear
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€346,062.96 No
LANPIMAR (ESP000022976) 22/11/2001 Illegal fishing within French territorial waters
Sanction: Confiscation of catch and gear, fine unkown
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€323,789.90 No
OP HOOP VAN ZEGEN (BEL030981991) 06/07/2001 Illegal fishing in French territorial waters
Sanction: 30 000 euro fine
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€287,464.28 Yes
AROSA QUINCE (ESP000015527) 13/07/2006 Illegal fishing and misreporting of catches in the logbook
Sanction: 1.9 million euro fine
Skipper/Owner: Transpesca
€282,872.77 No
AROSA DOCE (ESP000015541) 13/07/2006 Illegal fishing and misreporting of catches in the logbook
Sanction: 4.6 million euro for infringements involving three vessels from the same owner)
Skipper/Owner: Transpesca
€269,628.70 No
AROSA NUEVE (ESP000015540) 13/07/2006 Illegal fishing and misreporting of catches in the logbook
Sanction: 4.6 million euro for infringements involving three vessels from the same owner
Skipper/Owner: Transpesca
€250,115.42 No
LANFON (ESP000007960) 09/11/2006 Use of illegal fishing gear, attempt to escape control
Sanction: not known
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€220,227.00 No
ACQUA MARINA II^ (ITA000026916) 19/04/2007 Use of illegal fishing gear €205,014.00 No
ALBA DO MAR (ESP000015939) 27/03/2002 Use of illegal fishing gear
Sanction: 10 000 euro deposit
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€192,984.15 Yes
MARIE ALEXANDRA (FRA000730712) 23/07/2010 Illegal mesh size (infraction à l'épaisseur du fil du cul de chalut et à cause d'un maillage non contorme pour le tablier du dessus du chalut)
Sanction: 24000 €
€139,878.98 ?
ZEPHYR (GBR000A12651) 200 trips between 2002-2005 Unreporting of catches in the logbook
Sanction: severe fines expected in November 2010
Skipper/Owner: John Arthur Irvine, Allister Irvine
€126,076.62 No
ECLISSE (ITA000027136) 27/06/2008 Use of illegal fishing gear €112,050.79 No
ROSS LUCY (ITA000003360) 19/08/2009 Use of illegal fishing gear, illegal fishing €106,308.47 No
AUSONIA (ITA000003420) Jul-Aug-09 Use of illegal fishing gear €102,623.03 No
CIBELES (ESP000010499) 03/07/2001 Misreporting on logbook
Sanction: 762 euro deposit
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€102,571.92 No
SERENE (GBR000A13147) 200 trips between 2002-2005 Unreporting of catches in the logbook
Sanction: severe fines expected in November 2010
Skipper/Owner: Thomas Sutherland Eunson, Allen Magnus Anderson
€94,611.85 No
VERENA (ITA000026157) 30/07/2006 Use of illegal fishing gear €87,361.00 No
SIEMPRE AUSTERA (ESP000021872) 27/03/2001 Misreporting on logbook
Sanction: deposit
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€86,201.41 ?
CARLO LUIGI (ITA000002965) 18-Jul-05
11-Jul-06
Use of illegal fishing gear €80,785.63 No
STELLA DEL MARE (ITA000026905) 17-Jul-07
19-Jul-07
Use of illegal fishing gear €80,000.00 No
FELICE (ITA000009498) 16-Jun-04
28-May-08
9-Aug-08
Use of illegal fishing gear €68,172.31 No
ORAZIO II (ITA000012596) 29-Jul-05
16-Jun-06
29-Aug-08
Use of illegal fishing gear €66,372.00 Yes
MARIA GRAZIA GENOVESE (ITA000003421) 17-May-06
29-Jun-06
Use of illegal fishing gear €62,610.01 No
TURCHESE (ITA000017454) 06/07/2007 Use of illegal fishing gear €57,740.59 No
MARIE-CATHERINE (FRA000683111) 28/09/2001 Misreporting on logbook, use of prohibited fishing gear
Sanction: 110 000 francs fine and legals costs, 50 000 technical costs
Skipper/Owner: David Leroy
€54,325.11 Yes
CHARISMA (GBR000A10262) 200 trips between 2002-2005 Unreporting of catches in the logbook
Sanction: severe fine expected in November 2010
Skipper/Owner: Robert John Polson, David Kay
€49,296.62 No
ADMIRAL GORDON (GBR000B10214) 4 counts of keeping inaccurate logbook; retaining Megrim in ICES zone VIII: breach of fishing license
Sanction: £13,788.13 fine
Skipper/Owner: IF Ltd
€48,809.93 No
BEN LOYAL (GBR000A13786) 11 counts of submitting false landing declarations
Sanction: £23,750 fine
Skipper/Owner: Donald Turtle, Joan Turtle
€48,000.30 No
BEN LOYAL (GBR000A13786) 11 counts of submitting false landing declarations
Sanction: £23,750 fine
Skipper/Owner: Donald Turtle, Joan Turtle
€48,000.30 No
DAVIDE (ITA000009560) 18-Apr-05
30-Jul-08
30-Sep-08
Use of illegal fishing gear €47,425.07 Yes
GIUSEPPA MADRE (ITA000018625) 17-Jun-04
21-Jun-06
Use of illegal fishing gear €46,640.00 Yes
BILLY ROWNEY (GBR000A21833) 13/03/2007 Illegal mesh size, misreporting on logbook
Sanction: 25 495 euro fine (confiscation of fish), 20 000 euro deposit, 5 800 euro fine, 2 000 euro punitive damages
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€46,620.01 No
SAN DIEGO (ITA000003342) 4-Aug-05
26-Mar-06
19-Apr-07
Use of illegal fishing gear €46,357.17 No
DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI (ITA000003355) 12-Apr-07
20-Apr-07
12-May-09
11-May-10
Use of illegal fishing gear €44,915.73 No
PORS PIRON (FRA000184928) July 2004 Fishing after quota has been exhausted, Default in staff qualification
Sanction: 7 000 euro fine for skipper, 3 000 fine for mecanical, 10 000 fine for punitive damages
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€39,551.02 No
VIRGINIA II (ITA000002740) 26/05/2005 Use of illegal fishing gear €33,860.00 No
GABBIANO (ITA000018178) 26/05/2009 Use of illegal fishing gear €33,351.13 No
FRANCHINA (ITA000003860) 21-Jul-05
5-Jul-06
31-May-07
8-May-07
Use of illegal fishing gear €30,720.00 Yes
JOLLY (ITA000023534) 25/07/2006 Use of illegal fishing gear €30,422.79 No
SHANNON (BEL031861991) 11/11/2002 Illegal catches of Anglerfish and scallop
Sanction: Confiscation of catch, 20 000 euro deposit, 38 000 euro fine for the skipper
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€29,944.42 Yes
BURRASCA (ITA000003918) 8-Jun-06
10-Jun-08
26-May-10
Use of illegal fishing gear €29,433.43 No
PEGASO (ITA000019369) 28/06/2006 Use of illegal fishing gear €27,924.40 No
CKS (GBR000A21771) 6 counts of submitting false landing declarations
Sanction: £13,400 fine
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€26,598.41 No
CKS (GBR000A21771) Fishing beyond quota, misdeclaration of catch
Sanction: Part of £41 000 fine for the company which had several vessels and companies involved in the case.
Skipper/Owner: Drew Davies
€26,598.41 No
BREIZH ARVOR 2 (FRA000767148) 9/10-Oct-10 Illegal mesh size
Sanction: 2000 £
€21,952.65 No
STELLA POLARE (ITA000008786) 17-Jun-04
28-Jun-05
14-Jul-05
29-Jul-05
Use of illegal fishing gear €20,238.79 Yes
NUOVO GESU' NAZARENO (ITA000009088) 28/06/2006 Use of illegal fishing gear €19,744.36 No
NUOVO DIO CON NOI (ITA000023179) 28/06/2006 Use of illegal fishing gear €19,116.00 No
AZZURRA (ITA000003468) 26/06/2008 Use of illegal fishing gear €12,875.70 No
GIRL PATRICIA (GBR000A21576) 9 counts of submitting false landing declarations
Sanction: £32000
Skipper/Owner: Arthur and Leonard Williams
€12,053.89 No
GIRL PATRICIA (GBR000A21576) Fishing beyond quota, misdeclaration of catch
Sanction: part of £41 000 fine for the company which had several vessels and companies involved in the case.
Skipper/Owner: Arthur and Leonard Williams
€12,053.89 No
MONTE ARBALLU (ESP000007487) 17/06/2005 Fishing in Portuguese waters without license
Sanction: not known
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€6,870.89 No
S. CROCE II (ITA000001787) 23/06/2005 Use of illegal fishing gear €4,553.60 Yes
IZAR ALDE (ESP000000125) 23/06/2005 Fishing in Portuguese waters without license
Sanction: 1 300 euro fine
Skipper/Owner: Jesus Manuel Tejido Breijo
€4,358.05 No
ADMIRAL BLAKE (GBR000B10536) 2 counts keeping inaccurate logbook; 3 counts of fishing in closed area; non-designated port: breach of fishing license
Sanction: £40,224.72 fine
Skipper/Owner: IF Ltd
€2,927.07 No
ZERUKO ERREGIÑA (ESP000007802) 07/07/2009 Fishing in prohibited area
Sanction: Confiscation of catch, 700 euro fine
Skipper/Owner: Not known
€2,596.89 No
DANIELLE (GBR000B14531) 15/08/2002 Fishing in French territorial waters without authorization, attempt to escape the control
Sanction: Confiscation of fish (5 350 euro), 16 800 deposit, 5 000 euro fine, 5 000 punitive damages
Skipper/Owner: Peter Mc Leod
€1,343.81 Yes