Bay de Verde fish­er­man re­ceives fine

The Compass - - THE COMPASS -

A Bay de Verde fish­er­man has re­ceived a hefty fine and pro­ba­tion for of­fenses while fish­ing snow crab dat­ing back to 2008.

In pro­vin­cial court in Har­bour Grace on Dec. 10, Mau­rice Noo­nan was fined $40,500 for four of­fenses that oc­curred in 2008 and 2010.

This was due to mis­re­ported in­for­ma­tion in his fish­ing log­books, as well as ex­ceed­ing his max­i­mum al­low­able catch for snow crab.

Noo­nan has also been placed on pro­ba­tion for two years and has been pro­hib­ited from fish­ing for the first month of the 2014 snow crab sea­son.

In ad­di­tion to that, he will have to re­port his fish­ing po­si­tion ev­ery 15 min­utes for the next five years. He will also need to carry out 25 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice.

Noo­nan was also ac­quit­ted of two charges. One in 2008 for fail­ing to ad­e­quately re­port fish­ing gear in the wa­ter, while the other was in 2009 for fail­ing to com­plete his DFO fish­ing log.

Noo­nan's of­fenses were iden­ti­fied un­der Op­er­a­tion Gearshift, a re­al­time ret­ro­spec­tive re­view of fish­ing ac­tiv­ity in the snow crab and north­ern shrimp fish­eries.

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