Heart’s Con­tent man fined $1,000 for fish­ing vi­o­la­tion

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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.

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