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