During an inspection in the fishing port of Matosinhos, it was verified that a fishing vessel, which was in mechanical failure and moored in another fishing port, had submitted a fish for sale at an auction, without having actually caught it.

A 66-year-old man was identified and a notice was drawn up for exceeding the legally established catch limits by total allowable catches and quotas, this infraction being punishable by a maximum fine of 37,500€.

The fish was seized and sold at an auction, the value of the sale remaining at the disposal of the process.

The management of the anchovy quota allocated to Portugal is ensured through measures aimed at the sustainable management of marine resources, involving the participation and monitoring of associations and producer organisations representing the sector, respecting scientific advice and ensuring a fishery that contributes to improving the income from the activity with biologically sustainable levels of exploitation.