Numbers up on snow crab catch Speeder nabbed for im­paired driv­ing in Har­bour Grace

The Compass - - ORTHTE -

The numbers are in on this year’s snow crab fish­ery in New­found­land and Labrador.

Ac­cord­ing to fig­ures re­leased Oct. 12 by Fish­eries and Oceans Canada, this year’s catch was worth more than $ 250 mil­lion.

This marks the most valu­able catch to­tal since the 2004 sea­son.

The fed­eral govern­ment says this year’s numbers are a 61 per cent in­crease over the 2010 sea­son.

The price paid to fish har­vesters this year was $ 2.15 per pound, the high­est price in seven years. Some enterprises re­ceived higher prices.

Peter Pe­nashue, re­gional min­is­ter for New­found­land and Labrador, is­sued a state­ment con­grat­u­lat­ing the in­dus­try for a suc­cess­ful har­vest.

“ We rec­og­nize the im­por­tance in­dus­tries like the snow crab fish­ery have on New­found­land and Labrador’s econ­omy,” said Pe­nashue in the news re­lease.

“ Grow­ing the Cana­dian econ­omy and cre­at­ing jobs is the top pri­or­ity for our govern­ment and in­dus­tries like this one do just that.”

A 64-year-old male res­i­dent of River­head, Har­bour Grace will ap­pear in court just days be­fore Christ­mas on a charge of im­paired driv­ing fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent in the town on Oct. 17.

At about 3:20 p.m., an of­fi­cer with the Trinity Con­cep­tion District RCMP ob­served a grey Pontiac G5 trav­el­ling at a high rate of speed — about twice the posted speed limit of 50 kilo­me­tres per hour — north­ward along Har­vey Street.

The of­fi­cer stopped the ve­hi­cle, and sub­se­quently charged the man with im­paired driv­ing. Po­lice say the man had a blood-al­co­hol ra­tio of al­most dou­ble the le­gal limit.

The ac­cused was re­leased a short time later to ap­pear in court on Dec. 19 in Har­bour Grace.

His driv­ing priv­i­leges were also sus­pended for seven days, as per provin­cial reg­u­la­tions.

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