The numbers on success rates aren’t in yet following the 2013 angling season, but the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) has got the numbers tallied on violations. Lloyd Slaney, chief of enforcement operations, says there were 191 violations this year — 123 on inland rivers, 46 on coastal waters and 22 involving trout rather than salmon. These numbers don’t include any from the provincial Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division.
A man fishes in Quidi Vidi Tuesday June 4. A Fisheries and Oceans official says more violations were noted this year. — Telegram file photo by Keith Gosse
“From our own perspective, it’s a slight increase in the overall violations from last year,” Slaney said.
He added the numbers are lower than those from 2009 and 2010 and the overall trend is showing a decrease in violations.
“The bulk of the encounters with the public are positive.”
DFO puts the most time in educating the public on and looking for those violations with the biggest conservation effect. Coastal and inland netting are of particular concern as there is no regard for age, size, species or number of fish caught, said Slaney,
“The serious violations are still occurring out there, the ones that we really want to put a stop to,” said Slaney.
Jigging is another violation of grave concern because of the number of fish it can yield.
“We had one violation this year where the individuals had close to 20 salmon that were jigged,” Slaney said.
DFO is looking for the public’s help to catch violators, and Slaney encouraged anybody who witnesses such an act to report it to a DFO office or call Crime Stoppers at
1-800-222-8477. He also encouraged anybody who hasn’t submitted their angling log to do so. It consists of such information as the time, location and success of somebody’s fishing trip.
“It’s an important piece of the (conservation) process that a lot of people don’t realize,” Slaney said.