Salmon vi­o­la­tions down from pre­vi­ous year

Of­fenses in 2017 to­talled 141, com­pared to 190 in 2016

The Beacon (Gander) - - News - BY ADAM RANDELL

GAN­DER, NL – The num­ber of salmon vi­o­la­tions for the 2017 an­gling sea­son is down com­pared to last year.

Out of 3,901 in­spec­tions car­ried out through­out the prov­ince, 141 fish­ing vi­o­la­tions were de­tected – 99 re­lated to in­land salmon and 11 coastal vi­o­la­tions. Twenty-six il­le­gal nets were re­moved – eight with peo­ple on site and the re­main­der from per­sons un­known. There were also five vi­o­la­tions of the trout reg­u­la­tions, such as ex­ceed­ing daily bag lim­its.

Just over one-third of the vi­o­la­tions were noted to have oc­curred within the cen­tral re­gion – 33 from the Twill­ingate de­tach­ment and 18 from the Spring­dale de­tach­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to DFO, a num­ber of charges laid this sum­mer are still pend­ing be­fore the court and may re­sult in con­vic­tions.

Com­pared to last year, vi­o­la­tions are down across the board, as 2016 saw 190 fish­ing vi­o­la­tions – 106 in­land salmon; 22 coastal vi­o­la­tions; with 39 nets found and re­moved, and 23 trout vi­o­la­tions.

How­ever, a por­tion of the prov­ince’s an­gling sea­son was closed last year due to low wa­ter lev­els and high tem­per­a­tures, and later re­opened to catch and re­lease only.

“Over­all when you look at the whole re­gion, an­gling ac­tiv­ity was down some­what com­pared to other years,” said Daryl Walsh, se­nior com­pli­ance of­fi­cer with DFO’s Con­ser­va­tion and Pro­tec­tion Divi­sion. “And once we went to catch and re­lease only we no­ticed a sub­stan­tial drop in par­tic­i­pa­tion lev­els.”

Walsh at­tributes the re­duced


In 2017 there was a to­tal of 141 salmon vi­o­la­tions de­tected.

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