Fishery violations mean convictions
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.