Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Maritimes Region announced April 23 that two Yarmouth County men, arrested in 2012 for possessing 6,222 illegal-sized lobsters, were convicted last week and fined a total of $62,500 under the Fisheries Act.
A surveillance operation conducted by local Fishery Officers in Comeau’s Hill on April 27, 2012 uncovered 24 cages of lobsters onboard fishing vessel Melanie Lynn II.
Appearing before the Yarmouth court on April 17, 2015, Earl Patrick Boudreau pleaded guilty to possession of undersized lobsters measuring less than 82.5 millimetres. He received a fine of $50,000 to be paid by May 2, 2017, and is prohibited from fishing lobster in Canada for a period of three years effective June 1, 2015.
Dennis Joseph Clairmont also pleaded guilty to possession of undersized lobsters measuring less than 82.5 millimetres. He received a fine of $12,500 to be paid by July 5, 2016, and is prohibited from fishing lobster in Canada for one year effective June 1, 2015.
DFO also announced that a Lunenburg County man has been convicted and fined a total of $70,000 under the Fisheries Act for failing to provide an accurate hail of fish on board his vessel, and failing to determine an accurate weight at dockside.
Appearing before the Bridgewater Provincial Court on April 17, 2015, John William Levy Jr. pleaded guilty to the aforementioned charges, and was fined $35,000 for each offence. Levy was ordered to pay $5,000 per offence immediately, with the remaining $60,000 to be paid by May 11, 2016.
The charges are a result of a June 24, 2009 investigation into fraud and collusion in the fishing industry, with a subsequent search on May 19, 2011. It is alleged that over a three-year period of time, ranging from January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2008, Levy failed to report landing approximately 180,000 pounds of groundfish.