CBN fishermen convicted of recreational fishery offences
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.