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More Than $70,000 in Fines for Illegal Fishing Activity in Newfoundland and Labrador

In the second quarter of 2016 alone, more than $70,000 in fines were issued for fisheries violations in Newfoundland and Labrador. Some of the significant penalties included: Shrimp Roger Hammond of Catalina was fined $35,983 for fishing in the Funk Island Deep closed area. He must also report via Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) at 15-minute intervals for a period of two years. Recreational Salmon John Stride of Conne River was fined $2,500 for jigging Atlantic salmon on the ...

Salmon Poaching Incidents Lead to Significant Fines

Investigations by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers in the central region of Newfoundland have resulted in two recent convictions related to illegal salmon fishing. On January 18 at Provincial Court in Gander, Anthony Melendy of Lumsden was fined $2,500 for illegal possession of Atlantic salmon caught in contravention of the Fisheries Act, and $500 for obstructing a peace officer. Thirteen salmon were forfeited to the Crown and Melendy was also prohibited from being on or near inland ...

Violations of the Fish and Wildlife Act Lead to Convictions

Separate investigations last year by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers of the Gander detachment have led to convictions for two individuals for violations of the Fish and Wildlife Act related to illegal salmon fishing and big game hunting. On June 30, 2014, officers received an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers of illegal netting activity in the Salmon Pond area near Glenwood. After conducting surveillance, a male was ultimately arrested and charged with a number of offences. On ...

Illegal Fishing of Crab Pots Results in Fines and Forfeiture of Catch

Basil Diamond and Gary Hoffe, both of Change Islands, have been convicted on a total of three counts under Section 22(7) of the Fishery (General) Regulations. All three charges relate to a crab pot sharing scheme where Hoffe, after reaching his crab quota, left his pots in the water for Diamond to fish. Hoffe was convicted in Gander Provincial Court on April 21, 2015 on one count of the Fishery (General) Regulations, namely failing to remove his pots from the water after taking his quota, ...

Salmon Netting Leads to Convictions and Significant Fines

An investigation by officers with the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division into the illegal netting of salmon in the Carmanville area has resulted in the conviction of two individuals for various offences. In late summer 2014, officers received complaints from the general public related to the netting of salmon in the Shoal Pond – Ragged Harbour River area of central Newfoundland.  After conducting surveillance, officers apprehended two males on September 5 who were found to be in ...

Stiff Fines for Salmon Poachers

Francis 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. ...

Fines For Illegal Fishing Of Atlantic Halibut Total Over $1 Million

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is taking a more intelligence-led and longer-term approach to conserving and protecting fishery resources in Atlantic Canada and its efforts are paying off for the Atlantic halibut fishery in particular. DFO’s increased focus on the monitoring of catch and landings of Atlantic halibut has resulted in a long line of convictions, totaling over $1 million in fines and forfeitures over the last five years. Atlantic halibut is an important resource and great ...

More Fisheries-related Convictions Handed Out

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 ...