Two men at the centre of an illegal fish trade had assets of almost £1m seized, it emerged yesterday. Prosecutors took £495,000 each from Shetland-based fishermen John Peter Duncanson and Jerry Ramsay after they pleaded guilty to illegally landing 7,600 tons of fish in Denmark and not declaring it to fisheries officials.
The men made more than £3.4m in two years by falsifying log sheets to get round EU fishing quotas. The high court in Edinburgh yesterday heard that the men had also been forced to pay £900,000 in taxes to the Inland Revenue. They will be sentenced next month.