Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Lay Charges Related to Salmon Poaching
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers have laid a number of charges related to illegal salmon poaching.
On July 31, 2017, while conducting surveillance at the mouth of the Colliers River, officers observed an individual land a large Atlantic salmon on the non-scheduled river. Shortly thereafter, the individual was observed returning to his vehicle with the fish in his possession. Upon further investigation, the individual has been charged with failing to release an accidentally foul hooked ...
Number of Serious N.L. Fish-Related Offences Significantly Increase in 2016
While the overall number of Newfoundland and Labrador fish-related violations in 2016 was comparable to 2015, there was a significant increase in the more serious offences.
Particularly concerning for the province’s Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division (FWED) is the dramatic increase in the types of offences which have the most detrimental impact on salmon populations. This summer, one file alone saw the seizure of 54 Atlantic salmon from an illegal net in Traverse Brook.
Compared to ...
Convictions Result from Illegal Fishing Incidents
There have been two recent convictions in Newfoundland and Labrador for incidents related to illegal salmon fishing.
At Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor on November 4, Eric Lloyd Stuckless and Carl England, both of Harry’s Harbour, were convicted of illegally netting Atlantic salmon in an incident that occurred on July 16, 2015. Both men received a $1,000 fine and are prohibited from being on or near Canadian fisheries waters for three years. Three Atlantic salmon and a net were ...
Off-Duty Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Apprehend Salmon Poachers
A recent incident in central Newfoundland has led to charges against two individuals for salmon poaching.
On Sunday, August 30, two off duty fish and wildlife enforcement officers encountered two adult males in the Bottom Brook area near Lewisporte who appeared to be illegally jigging salmon.
Upon investigation, the officers discovered that the men were apparently corralling salmon into a pool and then using illegal equipment to jig the fish. When the officers attempted an arrest, one of ...
Trinity East Poacher Receives $1,000 Fine for Possessing Undersized Lobster
On July 3, 2015, Donald Cooper of Trinity East, Newfoundland and Labrador was convicted under the Fishery (General) Regulations for possessing undersized lobster below the minimum carapace measurement requirement of 82.5 millimeters.
Cooper was convicted in Clarenville Provincial Court and has been fined $1,000, with 30 days to pay.
The Government of Canada is committed to safeguarding the long-term health and productivity of Canada’s fisheries resources, and the habitat that supports ...
Fish and Wildlife Officers Lay More Charges for Salmon Poaching
Recent tips from the public about the illegal netting and selling of Atlantic salmon in the Harry’s Harbour area near Springdale in central Newfoundland, have resulted in two males facing charges under the Federal Fisheries Act.
Earlier this month, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from the Springdale and Grand Falls-Windsor detachments initiated a lengthy surveillance operation in the Harry’s Harbour area that spanned several weeks. As a result, two adult males were apprehended on ...
Charges Laid in Two Related Salmon Poaching Incidents
As a result of a rather unusual set of incidents, two individuals are facing numerous charges for illegally netting Atlantic salmon and for improper use of an ATV in the Lumsden area in central Newfoundland.
While working on anonymous tips from the public, officers with the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division began investigating allegations of illegal netting activity on Windmill Bight Brook near Lumsden. In the early morning hours of July 7, officers from the Gander detachment stopped ...
Alleged Salmon Poaching Incident Leads to Charges
On July 3, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from the Gander and Grand Falls-Windsor detachments apprehended and charged two adult males for illegally netting salmon in inland waters.
While on foot patrol early in the morning along the shore of Gander Lake near the mouth of the Southwest River, officers observed two individuals setting what appeared to be a net.
After calling for assistance, the officers stayed in the area to observe and at approximately 5:30 a.m., watched the two ...
Untagged Salmon Leads to $3,000 in Fines and Obstruction Charges for Gander Resident
George Leyte of Gander, NL was convicted in Gander Provincial Court on June 2, 2015 for breaching one count of the Fishery (General) Regulations and for obstructing a fishery guardian.
He is ordered to pay a total of $3,000, forfeited his rod and reel and received a two-year fishing prohibition.
Leyte was caught with untagged salmon, contrary to the regulations. After trying to prevent the fishery guardians from checking his fish box, he was charged with obstruction. There was a ...
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Bust Two Separate Salmon Poaching Operations
Recent tips from the public about the illegal netting and selling of wild Atlantic salmon on the Baie Verte Peninsula have resulted in two males facing charges under the Federal Fisheries Act.
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers from the Springdale office led an extensive surveillance operation in the Brent’s Cove area of the Baie Verte Peninsula. Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from Grand Falls-Windsor, Stephenville and Corner Brook detachments were also involved in the operat...