Fish­ery vi­o­la­tions mean con­vic­tions

The Southern Gazette - - NEWS -

Pro­vin­cial courts have con­victed five in­di­vid­u­als of fish­ery of­fences.

The con­vic­tions fol­low in­ves­ti­ga­tions by fish­ery of­fi­cers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) de­tach­ments in Marys­town and Pla­cen­tia.

In Clarenvill­e Pro­vin­cial Court June 24, Keith Drake of Lawn and Theresa Best of South­ern Har­bour were con­victed of fish­ing with ground­fish gill­nets without iden­ti­fi­ca­tion tags at­tached. Both were fined $500. Fish­ery of­fi­cers from the Pla­cen­tia de­tach­ment con­ducted an in­spec­tion of ground­fish gill­nets near Lit­tle Har­bour, Pla­cen­tia Bay Feb. 17 this year and dis­cov­ered 22 of the 23 gill­nets did not have a valid gill­net tag at­tached.

Den­nis El­lis of St. John’s was con­victed of mis­re­port­ing catch in his fish­ing log­book, a con­di­tion of his li­cence, and was fined $500 dur­ing an ap­pear­ance July 8 in Grand Bank Pro­vin­cial Court.

Marys­town De­tach­ment fish­ery of­fi­cers in­spected the fish­ing ves­sel ‘Jean Co­lette’ in Burin Feb. 17 and dis­cov­ered a num­ber of At­lantic hal­ibut in the hold of the ves­sel, not recorded in the ves­sel’s log­book.

An­thony Gil­bert of Fox­trap was con­victed July 21 in St. John’s Pro­vin­cial Court of per­mit­ting a per­son, not named in his li­cence, to op­er­ate his ves­sel and was fined $750. William MacDon­ald of St. John’s was also con­victed of fish­ing whelk without a li­cence and was fined $500.

DFO is com­mit­ted to the con­ser­va­tion and pro­tec­tion of marine re­sources in New­found­land and Labrador. Any­one wish­ing to re­port sus­pi­cious fish­ing ac­tiv­i­ties may do so by con­tact­ing the near­est DFO of­fice or by call­ing Crime Stop­pers at 1-800-2228477.

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