Two Scottish fishermen have been fined after admitting illegally fishing in Manx waters.
Skipper of the Kingfisher BA810 Anthony John True was fined £12,000 at Douglas Courthouse last week.
The boat is owned by West Coast Sea Products Ltd of Kirkcudbright – its representative John Wilson King was fined £5,000.
According to the Department of Environment, Food and Agriculture it found the vessel fishing for king scallops within three miles of the Island despite not having a permit to do so.
The Kingfisher also exceeded the maximum size of vessel permitted in the area when it was traced on November 11th last year.
Minister Geoffrey Boots says: "We work tirelessly to protect the Island’s fishing grounds to ensure their long term sustainability.
"This work is vital to ensure we can sustain and grow the £20 million contribution fisheries makes to the Isle of Man’s economy each year.
"Our policy and approach can only be a success if everyone adheres to the rules and understands that these will be rigorously enforced.
"This is the first time we have suspended a licence to fish for king scallops. It is a powerful tool, ensuring the offender pays rather than those who play by the rules.
"The Department has a zero tolerance approach to violations of the law and actively purses prosecutions. No one should be in any doubt how seriously we take our custodianship of our territorial seas."