Heart’s Content man fined $1,000 for fishing violation
A commercial fisherman from Heart’s Content has been fined $1,000 for an inshore fishery violation from September 12, 2014.
On Dec. 10 at the Harbour Grace Provincial Court, Ryan Pitcher pled guilty to illegally fishing in coastal waters off Heart’s Delight without a license.
Pitcher took full responsibility for his actions during his brief appearance in front of Judge Jacqueline Brazil.
In an agreed statement of facts, he admitted to setting gillnetting and a fish bin to catch mackerel without a license.
Pitcher was approached by fisheries officers during the incident, who were in the area after a complaint was called in about the net. The net and bin were seized at that time.
The federal Crown prosecutor requested not to prohibit Pitcher from fishing, since he is a commercial fisherman and the Crown wouldn’t want to impede his work. Instead, she recommended a fine of $1,000 and the forfeiture of the gillnetting and bin. Pitcher had no prior record.
Judge Brazil agreed with the Crown, and gave Pitcher six months to pay the fine.