CBN fish­er­men con­victed of recre­ational fish­ery of­fences

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A trio of Con­cep­tion Bay North fish­er­men are pro­hib­ited from fish­ing recre­ation­ally in Cana­dian wa­ters for up to a year.

They were found guilty of catch­ing and re­tain­ing more than the daily al­low­able catch of At­lantic cod dur­ing the 2014 sea­son. The trio were con­victed — there were five al­to­gether — on Nov. 19 while provin­cial court pro­ceed­ings were held at Fong’s Restau­rant in Car­bon­ear.

The charges stem from seper­ate in­ci­dents.

The group is com­prised of two fish­er­men from Port de Grave and one from Western Bay. Along with be­ing pro­hib­ited from recre­ational fish­ing for 12 months, Port de Grave’s Fraser Pet­ten was fined $1,000 to be paid in six months, along with the for­fei­ture of 15 fish.

Roland Tucker is also from Port de Grave. He was also fined $1,000 and for­feited 15 At­lantic cod. Ben Lay­men of Western Bay was fined $1,000 to be paid within 12 months and must for­feit five fish.

To re­port sus­pi­cious fish­ing ac­tiv­ity or vi­o­la­tions of fish habi­tat, con­tact the Depart­ment of Fish­eries and Oceans Canada or Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.nl­crimestop­pers.com.

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