‘Guerilla warfare’ and ‘maritime ballet’ was how Judge Mary Devins described the engagement between a suspected salmon poacher and fishery officers at last week’s sitting of Achill District Court.
Michael McNamara of St Jude’s, Ballygahon, Avoca, Co Wicklow appeared before the court charged with the possession of a salmon and a net at Allennaun Point, Dooagh, Achill on July 22, 2011.
The court heard that fisheries officers from Inland Fisheries Ireland spied on Mr McNamara and another person from over a mile away using powerful scopes as he took a salmon from an illegal net near to Purteen Harbour. Despite the evidence against him and testimony from two fishery officers saying they saw him, Mr McNamara denied the charges…..
Mayo News, 18/09/12. Read the article.’Guerella warfare between fisheries and Achill fisherman’