Newquay Fishermen Caught Fly Tipping
Last month two local fishermen were fined a combined total of £3218 for dumping fish waste and fish heads into the sea.
Fly tipping is defined as the illegal deposit of waste onto land contrary to the Environmental Protection Act of 1990. It is hazardous to the environment and to communities. If you dispose of dead fish or shellfish or animal waste from, culling or on-site processing of fish or shellfish, you must meet the requirements of the Animal By-Products Regulations (ABPR). These regulations control collection, transport, storage, handling, processing, use and disposal of animal carcasses or parts of animal carcasses.
The fishermen, both from Newquay, however, claimed that their actions were not fly tipping but ‘gold standard recycling.’
A member of Cornwall Council’s public protection support service has said: “Fly-tipping is not only unsightly but costs the council thousands of pounds each year to clear up. The council is keen to send out a message that this type of behaviour will not be tolerated.”