Three fishermen face hefty fines for killing seal pup
Three Nova Scotia fishermen who were captured on video abusing and killing a seal pup on their boat have been handed hefty fines and a fishing prohibition. Prosecutor Alex Pink said Mark MacKenzie, the boat’s captain, was ordered to pay a fine of $7,500 and banned from fishing from Jan. 1, 2019, until June 30, 2019 — the most lucrative time for the groundfish fishery off Yarmouth. “It is a significant penalty and a groundfish prohibition is significant as well,” he said Wednesday from his office in Yarmouth. “That could be thousands and thousands of dollars that that person will not be able to earn.” Two other people on board also received fines.