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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 ...

High Lobster Prices Lure Fraudsters

Canadian lobster is a valuable commodity, with a global reach now that it has found a niche in Asia. The removal of tariffs from seafood imports into the European Union from Canada will eventually open doors to our lobsters — live and frozen — to a multi-million-dollar marketplace. The Americans are a bit leery, or jealous, of this move as their government tries to rid itself of international trade agreements like NAFTA and one with the European Community, in an effort to persuade ...

Foreign Investors Illegally Buying Nova Scotia Inshore Lobster Licences, Claims CIFHF

Foreign investors are brazenly and illegally buying up Nova Scotia’s iconic lobster fishery according to the country’s national fishermen’s organization. The Canadian Independent Fish Harvesters’ Federation (CIFHF), which represents fishermen who own and operate their own boats, says foreign interests could soon control Canada’s booming inshore fisheries if nothing is done to stop the problem. “The government is moving too slowly to deal with this problem. We need urgent ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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...

Illegal Netting of Inland Waters Results in $2,000 Fine and Prohibition for Port Hope Simpson Man

William Ward of Port Hope Simpson has been convicted of netting inland water in contravention of the Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations. Ward was convicted in Port Hope Simpson Provincial Court on April 23, 2015 and fined $2,000, prohibited for one year from participating in any recreational fishery and forfeited his fishing net. Part of the evidence used to convict Ward was a trail camera which took pictures of the accused hauling the net. The Government of Canada is committed ...