N.L. fishing violations net more than $23,000 in fines

Published on February 8, 2017
Thirty-one individuals in Newfoundland and Labrador were convicted of fisheries violations under the Fisheries Act from October to December 2016.

Fishing and Oceans Canada fishery officers handed out more than $23,000 in fines for illegal recreational fishing and fishing from October to December 2016.

Thirty-one individuals were convicted under the Fisheries Act.

In the inland recreational salmon fishery, individual fines up to $1,000 were issued for offences such as illegally landing salmon for another license holder, failure to affix tags to salmon, improper tagging of salmon, and failure to release foul-hooked salmon. Other penalties included gear forfeiture and prohibitions of up to five years from participating in the inland fishery.

In the recreational groundfish (cod) fishery, individual fines up to $750 were issued for exceeding the daily bag limit of groundfish. Other penalties included forfeitures of gear and prohibition from participation in the 2017 recreational groundfish fishery.

In the crab fishery, individual fines of up to $2,000 were issued for fishing crab during closed times and for fishing crab in a Conservation Exclusion Zone.

The following is a detailed list of convictions from across the province:

 

Name: George Lewis, Joe Batt’s Arm

Charge description: Fishery Ground Regulations 22(7) - Failed to set Herring gill net at least (1) fathom below the surface of the water

Species: Herring Bait

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine with eight months to pay

Date of conviction: Nov. 29, 2016

 

Name: Kenneth Anstey, Summerford

Charge description: Section 22(7) fishery general regulations – exceeding daily limit of capelin and section 22(7) fishery general regulations – failure to accurately complete DFO fishing logbook

Species: Capelin

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $800 fine with one year to pay, $1,000 fine with one year to pay and 79 (2) order – fine of $824 representing Anstey’s share of excess capelin landed.

Date of conviction: Nov. 21, 2016

 

Name: Burnell Anstey, Summerford

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) – Fishery general regulations – unmarked lobster traps

Species: lobster

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine with 60 days to pay

Date of conviction: Nov. 15, 2016

 

Name: Lawrence Hawkins, Summerford

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) – Fishery general regulations – unmarked lobster traps

Species: lobster

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine with 60 days to pay

Date of conviction: Nov. 15, 2016

 

Name: Philip Waterman, Twillingate

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) – Fishery general regulations – unloaded crab without a dockside monitor present

Species: crab

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $1,000fine with 60 days to pay and forfeiture of crab valued at $153

Date of conviction: Nov. 15, 2016

 

Name: Clyde Hunt, Wareham

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) – Fishery general regulations – fishing in a closed area (conservation exclusion zone)

Species: snow crab

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $1,000 fine with seven months to pay Date of conviction: Dec. 21, 2016

 

Name: Harvey Anderson, Burin

Charge descriptions: Section 6(4) Newfoundland Wildlife Regulations – Possession of improperly tagged salmon and Section 33 Fisheries Act – possess fish caught in contravention.

Species: salmon

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $250 fine with 30 days to pay and five years prohibition from holding inland fishing license

Date of conviction: Dec. 14, 2016

 

Name: Winston Baker, Grand Bank

Charge descriptions: Section 6(4) Newfoundland Wildlife Regulations – Possession of improperly tagged salmon and 10(2) Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries regulations – failure to release foul hooked fish.

Species: salmon

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine with two months to pay, forfeiture of rod/reel/lure and one Atlantic salmon and five years prohibition from holding inland fishing license

Date of conviction: Dec. 14, 2016

 

Name: Brett Cox, English Harbour West

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) Fishery general regulations – condition of license - misreporting

Species: groundfish and white hake

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $100 fine

Date of conviction: Dec. 14, 2016

 

Name: Steward Hodge, Lord’s Cove

Charge descriptions: Section 6(3) Wildlife Regulations – failure to affix a tag, Section 6(4)Wildlife Regulations – improperly tagged salmon and 10(2) Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations- failure to release foul hooked fish

Species: salmon

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $600fine with three months to pay, Forfeitures of rod/reel/lure, and one Atlantic Salmon and Prohibited from holding an inland fishing licence for a period of five years.

Date of conviction: Dec. 14, 2016

 

Name: Desmond King, Grand Bank

Charge descriptions: Section 6(3) Wildlife Regulations – improperly tagged salmon and 10(2) Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulation.- failure to release foul hooked fish

Species: salmon

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine with two months to pay, forfeitures of rod/reel/lure and prohibited from holding an inland fishing licence for a period of 5 years

Date of conviction: Dec. 14, 2016

 

Name: Martin Burton, Springdale

Charge descriptions: Section 52(a) Atlantic Fishery Regulations - Fishing Crab close time

Species: crab

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $2000 fine with one year to pay and 79(2) Order – 15 minute VMS for all Crab fishing conducted during 2017 season

Date of conviction: Dec. 6, 2016

 

Name: Todd House, Hawke’s Bay

Charge descriptions: Exceeding daily bag limit of Groundfish (Recreational)

Species: recreational groundfish fishery

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: 750.00 fine with 12 months to pay,
One year prohibition from participating in the Recreational Groundfish Fisheryand forfeitures of one wooden reel with line and hook attached at a value of $30, one-five gallon plastic bucket, six split Atlantic cod, 10 Atlantic cod fillets,
13 fish tongues and two unidentifiable fish.

Date of conviction: Nov. 11, 2016

 

Name: Walter Sheppard, Hawke’s Bay

Charge descriptions: Exceeding daily bag limit of Groundfish (Recreational)

Species: recreational groundfish fishery

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $750 fine with 12 months to pay,
One year prohibition from participating in the Recreational Groundfish Fisheryand forfeitures of one wooden reel with line and hook attached at a value of $30, one-five gallon plastic bucket, six split Atlantic cod, 10 Atlantic cod fillets,
13 fish tongues and two unidentifiable fish.

Date of conviction: Nov. 11, 2016

 

Name: Walter Sheppard, Hawke’s Bay

Charge descriptions: Exceeding daily bag limit of Groundfish (Recreational)

Species: recreational groundfish fishery

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $750 fine with 12 months to pay,
One year prohibition from participating in the Recreational Groundfish Fisheryand forfeitures of one wooden reel with line and hook attached at a value of $30, one-five gallon plastic bucket, six split Atlantic cod, nine Atlantic cod fillets,
12 fish tongues and two unidentifiable fish.

Date of conviction: Nov. 11, 2016

 

Name: Lloyd Burry, Eastport

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Exceeding daily amount of capelin to be landed

Species: capelin

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $900 fine and $862.12 clawback for value of excess capelin landed

Date of conviction: Nov. 24, 2016

 

Name: Chris Dawson, Labrador City

Charge descriptions: Section 34 (3) of the Fishery General Regulations - Wasting fish that is suitable for human consumption that was caught for sport purposes and Section 6(3) of the Wildlife Regulations - Did not affix a tag to a fish that was retained

Species: salmon

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 with 12 months to pay, $500 with 12 months to pay and prohibited from angling in inland waters for one year

Date of conviction: Nov. 24, 2016

 

Name: Bryant Blake, Parsons Pond

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Unlawfully fail to comply with a condition of that licence, to wit: fish for Snow Crab outside of Zone H in Crab Fishing Area 12

Species: snow crab

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders:  $1,000 fine and $720 fine as clawback of a portion of the net benefit received for the catch from the closed area

Date of conviction: Nov. 15, 2016

 

Name: Eugene Payne, Trout River

Charge descriptions: Section 13(1)(a) Atlantic Fishery Regulations - Use a vessel that did not have a vessel registration card issued to that vessel to fish for snow crab, Section 33 Fisheries Act - Possess Atlantic codfish caught in contravention to the Fisheries Act  from a vessel that has been caught in accordance with the Act and the regulations and Section 33 (1)(b)Fishery General Regulations - Fail to release codfish that was caught with fishing gear that is prohibited to fish for that fish

Species: snow crab and lobster

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: Three fines of $500 with 12 months to pay

Date of conviction: Nov. 15, 2016

 

Name: Robert Pittman, Trout River

Charge descriptions Section 33 Fisheries Act - Possess Atlantic codfish caught in contravention to the Fisheries Act from a vessel that has been caught in accordance with the Act and the regulations and Section 36(2)(b) Fishery General Regulations - Possess fish where the number of fish could not be readily determined

Species: lobster

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: Two fines of $500 with four months to pay

Date of conviction: Nov. 15, 2016

 

Name: Forward Bennett, St. Paul’s Inlet

Charge descriptions Section (7) Fishery General Regulations - Fail to tag Atlantic Halibut caught and retained under the authority of a groundfish licence, Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Continued to fish for Atlantic Halibut after reaching seasonal harvesting cap and Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations -
Fail to provide an accurate trip summary of fishing activity to the Fish Harvesters Resource Center

Species: Atlantic halibut

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: Two fines of $800 with four months to pay and a $400 fine with four months to pay

Date of conviction: Nov. 15, 2016

 

Name: Wayne Parrott, St. Bernard’s

Charge descriptions Section 91(3)(a) – Atlantic Fishery Regulations - Catch and retain more fish than the daily quota

Species: recreational groundfish

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine

Date of conviction: Nov. 2, 2016

 

Name: Brian Sainsbury, Newtown

Charge descriptions: Section 63(3) Fisheries Act Produce logbook that contained misleading information and Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Exceeding amount of fish landed in one day

Species: capelin

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $750 and $650 fine

Date of conviction: Nov. 1, 2016

 

Name: Gerry King, Badger’s Quay

Charge descriptions: Section 63(3) Fisheries Act - Produce logbook that contained misleading information and Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Exceeding amount of fish landed in one day

Species: capelin

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: Two $750.00 fines and $440.00 clawback for captain’s share of excess catch

Date of conviction: Nov. 1, 2016

 

Name: Patrick Kelly, St. Brendan’s

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Possession of Lobster less than 82.5mm

Species: lobster

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $750 fine with six months to pay

Date of conviction: Nov. 1, 2016

 

Name: Glen Meadus, Centerville, NL

Charge descriptions: Section 91(3) Atlantic Fishery Regulations - Exceeded daily limit of cod

Species: Recreational Groundfish Fishery

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine with three months to pay
Prohibited from engaging in the 2017 Recreational Groundfish Fishery up to and including August 31, 2017

Date of conviction: Nov. 1, 2016

 

Name: Reginald Meadus, Conception Bay South

Charge descriptions: Section 91(3) Atlantic Fishery Regulations - Exceeded daily limit of cod

Species: Recreational Groundfish Fishery

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine with three months to pay
Prohibited from engaging in the 2017 Recreational Groundfish Fishery up to and including August 31, 2017

Date of conviction: Nov. 1, 2016

 

Name: Ronald Miller, Newtown

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Fishing in a closed area (Conservation Exclusion Zone)

Species: snow crab

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: Fined $1000.00 with two months to pay

Date of conviction: Oct. 26, 2016

 

Name: Carl Stokes, Cape Freels

Charge descriptions Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Failed to set Herring gill net at least one fathom below the surface of the water

Species: herring bait

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $750 fine and forfeiture of one Atlantic salmon

Date of conviction: Oct. 3, 2016

 

Name: George Keeping, Grand Bank

Charge descriptions: Section 33(2) Fishery General Regulations - Unlawfully fail to release incidental catch to wit Northern Stone crab

Species: herring bait

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine with 12 months to pay and forfeiture of 50lbs Northern Stone Crab

Date of conviction: Oct. 3, 2016

 

Name: Chris Pope, Grand Bank

Charge descriptions: Section 33 Fisheries Act -  Possession of Atlantic Halibut

Species: cod

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine with 12 months to pay and forfeiture of 8lbs Halibut

Date of conviction: Oct. 3, 2016

 

Name: Charles Dominaux, Bay L’argent

Charge descriptions: Section 77 Atlantic Fishing Regulations - Netting Coastal Salmon and Section 33 Fisheries Act - Possession of Salmon caught in contravention

Species: N/A

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: 21 days days’incarceration

Date of conviction: Sept. 21, 2016

 

Name: George Atkins, Port Saunders

Charge descriptions: Section 62 Fisheries Act - Obstruction of a Fishery Officer

Species: recreational groundfish fishery

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $750 fine, forfeiture of fish and seized items and one year prohibition from recreational groundfish fishery

Date of conviction: Sept. 13, 2016

 

Name: Garwin White, Trout River

Charge descriptions: Section 27(1)(a) Fishery General Regulations - Unlawfully leave unattended fishing gear that failed to have a vessel registration number that is set out in the licence authorizing the use of that gear, Section 62(1) Atlantic Fishing Regulations - Unlawfully fish for lobster using lobster traps not having a valid tag issued by the Minister attached to the frame of the trap in the manner for which the tag was designed and readily visible when the trap is not in the water, Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Unlawfully fail to comply with a condition of that licence, to wit: while fishing for herring, exceeded the maximum gillnet mesh size of 67 mm (2 5/8 inches), Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Unlawfully fail to comply with a condition of that licence, to wit: while fishing for herring, failed to have the head ropes of the gillnet set at least one fathom below the surface of the water, Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Unlawfully fail to comply with a condition of that licence, to wit: while fishing for herring, failed to have the gillnet set parallel to the shore, Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Unlawfully fail to comply with a condition of that licence, to wit: while fishing for herring, failed to have the gillnet set greater than 120 feet (20 fathoms) of the shoreline at the low water spring tide mark, Section 27(1)(a) Fishery General Regulations - Unlawfully leave unattended fishing gear that failed to have a vessel registration number that is set out in the licence authorizing the use of that gear and Section 11 Fishery General Regulations -
While operating under the authority of a Lobster and Bait licence, failed to carry a licence while engaged in any activity to which it relates.

Species: lobster, herring, bait and lobster and bait

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $3,000 in fines with 12 months to pay and 14 day prohibition from participating in the 2017 lobster fishery

Date of conviction: Sept. 6, 2016

 

Name: Darryl Feltham, Glovertown

Charge descriptions: Section 22(7) Fishery General Regulations - Failure to submit logs

Species: capelin and snow crab

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $750 fine

Date of conviction: Aug. 9, 2016

 

Name: William Hann, Trout River

Charge descriptions: Section.91(1) Atlantic Fishing Regulations - Fish for Atlantic cod during closed time

Species: recreational groundfish

Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders: $500 fine and six months prohibition from recreational fishing (April 01, 2017- September 30th, 2017)
Rod and reel forfeited (estimated value of $75)

Date of conviction: Aug. 8, 2016