Stiff Fines for Salmon Poachers

F-White-P8140068Francis White of St. Georges has been convicted on two separate counts of violating the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations.

Mr. White was convicted on April 15, 2015 in Stephenville Provincial Court for netting inland waters and for failing to comply with a previous court order banning him from being at or near inland waters for 1 year. He received a sentence of 20 days jailtime, a fine of $750 per count and was prohibited for five years from being on at or near inland waters.

Also, Scott Curlew of Peterview has been convicted of netting salmon in inland waters contrary to Section 10(2) of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations. The offense was committed at Peter’s River, a scheduled salmon river, on August 9, 2014.

Mr. Curlew was convicted of the offense on April 10, 2015 in Grand Falls-Windsor Provincial Court and received a $3,000 fine. In addition to the fine, Mr. Curlew is prohibited for three years from being on at or near inland waters and a 1997 Mazda pick-up truck, a small boat, 7 salmon and 16 trout were forfeited to the Crown.

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