Lob­ster fish­er­man fined for vi­o­la­tions

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ISLAND - BY RYAN ROSS Ryan.ross@the­guardian.pe.ca Twit­ter.com/ryan­r­ross

A P.E.I. fish­er­man who said he thought his ac­coun­tant had re­newed his li­cence was re­cently fined $2,250 for lob­ster fish­ery vi­o­la­tions.

Lin­den Harry Stew­art ap­peared be­fore Chief Judge Nancy Orr in pro­vin­cial court in Ge­orge­town where he pleaded guilty to fish­ing lob­ster with­out be­ing au­tho­rized to do so.

He also pleaded guilty to fish­ing lob­ster with­out hold­ing a fish­eries reg­is­tra­tion card.

Crown at­tor­ney Matthew Bradley told the court a fish­eries of­fi­cer was in­formed at the start of the 2018 lob­ster sea­son that Stew­art didn’t re­new his li­cence.

After the of­fi­cer boarded Stew­art’s boat about one week after the sea­son opened the ac­cused didn’t pro­duce a li­cence or reg­is­tra­tion, say­ing they were at home.

That was not true.

Stew­art later said he thought his ac­coun­tant re­newed the li­cence for him.

The fish­eries of­fi­cer also is­sued warn­ings for not hav­ing reg­is­tra­tion num­bers on his buoys or boat.

Bradley told the court Stew­art made the pay­ment but didn’t sub­mit the nec­es­sary pa­per­work.

Be­fore sen­tenc­ing Stew­art, Orr said he was aware fish­ing was a highly reg­u­lated in­dus­try.

Stew­art must pay the fines be­fore the 2019 fish­ing sea­son starts.

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