One of a fleet of Spanish-owned netters operating from La Coruña under the German flag has been detained by the Irish Naval Service and is alongside in Castletownbere where its skipper appeared in court, facing charges for a dozen offences.
All of the offences in question were committed this year in Irish waters, and the detention and charges follow the interception of Pesorsa Dos by LE George Bernard Shaw this week.
This isn’t the first clash with the law for Pesorsa Dos, and for the other vessels also operating from La Coruña under the German flag.
This time skipper Juan Pablo Docal Rubido has been charged with a couple of logbook offences in neglecting to record gear depth and soak times, and nine counts of exceeding the 72-hour maximum soak time. An additional charge is for offences relating to the failure to facilitate a safe boarding by fishery protection officers when a boarding ladder failed as officers attempted to board Pesorsa Dos.
Skipper Rubido was granted bail on a €5000 bond and will be required to attend court in Cork.
The Irish authorities have applied to have Pesorsa Dos detained pending a €245,000 bond being paid by the vessel’s owners.
The Irish Navy boarding the Pesorsa Dos during an incident in 2020. Image: Irish Navy Service