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 struggle and small physical altercation, which resulted in an additional charge for assaulting a peace officer, however this charge was later dropped on plea bargain.

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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