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 them, for generations to come.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a mandate to protect and conserve marine resources and to prosecute offenders under the Fisheries Act. It ensures and promotes compliance with the Act and other laws and regulations through a combination of land, air, and sea patrols, as well education and awareness activities.

Illegal fishing is a threat to the sustainability of important fishing resources. You can report suspicious fishing activity or violations of fish habitat by contacting your nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office.

You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or Newfoundland and Labrador Crime Stoppers.

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