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Foreigners fined for Finnmark fishing felony. Norwegian Customs and Excise officers stopped the German tourists in northern Norway's Kautokeino for major overfishing, Friday. The five enthusiastic anglers, who had 340 kilos of cod with them in a trailer, were heading home when the incident occurred just past midnight. “They were halted at Kivilompolo border station on their way out of Norway with 325 kilos over the limit,” Vestfinnmark District Police tweeted on their Twitter account. “Customs and Excise officers confiscated the excess 325 kilos on the spot.”

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Foreigners fined for Finnmark fishing felony

Published on Friday, 11th April, 2014 at 10:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 11th April 2014 at 12:20.

Norwegian Customs and Excise officers stopped the German tourists in northern Norway's Kautokeino for major overfishing, Friday.

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It's quite often that foreign criminals' fishing activities do not go swimmingly, police say.Cod
Photo: © Hans-Petter Fjeld/Wikimedia Commons


The five enthusiastic anglers, who had 340 kilos of cod with them in a trailer, were heading home when the incident occurred just past midnight.

“They were halted at Kivilompolo border station on their way out of Norway with 325 kilos over the limit,” Vestfinnmark District Police tweeted on their Twitter account. “Customs and Excise officers confiscated the excess 325 kilos on the spot.”

The amount of fish was so far over the 15-kilo limit that police raised a case against the Germans. The trip turned out to be an expensive one.

“They [the anglers] have now accepted and paid the 40,000 kroner fine (about 4,850 euros). They’ve now driven into Finland to return home,” tweeted officers.

This was not an isolated attempted smuggling case, however. Four of the Germans’ fellow countrymen were also stopped at Kivilompolo the day before with a 100-kilo excess. They also accepted and paid a fine of 36,000 kroner (some 4,360 euros).

“It’s not unusual that we halt people at the same Customs and Excise station who are under suspicion for the same type of breach,” Vestfinnmark District Police operations leader Asgeir Aule told The Foreigner, “and several different nations are represented.”

Finnmark County had legislation stipulating a five-kilometre (about 3.1-mile) exclusion zone regarding foreign anglers until it was repealed by Act of Parliament in 2005.



Published on Friday, 11th April, 2014 at 10:45 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 11th April 2014 at 12:20.

This post has the following tags: fishing, cod, norway, smuggling.





  
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