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Inland Fish Enforcement Program – Department of Justice


The Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement (IFEP), Department of Justice now has a toll free Report Poachers number.

REPORT POACHERS AT 1-877-820-0999

http://www.stoppoaching.ca

 

2007 Convictions

 

On April 11, 2007 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Samuel Snook of Trout River, NL, was convicted of possessing a net near inland waters, possessing fish caught in contravention and obstruction of an officer. He received a total fine of $3,000.00, 3 year prohibition from fishing and being near inland waters and a 2 year prohibition from being near his cabin at Chimney Cove. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown including an all- terrain vehicle, 2 bags of salmon, 12 sea trout, a two way radio, etc. Mr. Snook was apprehended on July 13, 2006 near Trout River, NL by IFEP officers.


On April 19, 2007 at Provincial Court in Roddickton, NL, Roy Ollerhead of Main Brook, NL, was convicted of illegal netting coastal waters. He was prohibited from holding any fishing licence and being on Canadian waters except for commercial ferry travel. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a canoe, salmon, nets, etc. Mr. Ollerhead was apprehended on July 21, 2006 near Main Brook, NL by IFEP officers.


On May 2, 2007 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Jody Pelley of Beachside, NL was convicted of failing to comply with licence conditions, failing to discard bycatch and possessing untagged salmon. He received a total fine of $1,500.00. A bait net and 7 Atlantic salmon were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Pelley was apprehended on June 15, 2006 near Fox Neck Cove by IFEP officers with assistance from DFO.


On May 15, 2007 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Timmy Brake of Trout River, NL was convicted of possessing Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged and for possessing salmon caught in contravention. He received a total fine of $3,000.00 and all items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a wooden boat, outboard motor, 31 salmon and 3 sacks. He was apprehended by IFEP officers with assistance from DFO on July 7, 2006 near Trout River, NL.


On May 30, 2007 at Provincial Court in Cartwright, NL, Benjamin Toomashie of Goose Bay, NL was convicted of possessing an Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged. He received $1,000.00 and received a lifetime ban from obtaining an inland fishery licence. The seized salmon was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Toomashie was apprehended on July 29, 2006 near Cartwright, NL by an IFEP officer with assistance from DFO.


On June 21, 2007 at Provincial Court in Port aux Basques, NL, Francis Gale of Great Codroy, NL was convicted of fishing during close time. He received a $750.00 fine and a one year prohibition from inland waters. All seized items were forfeited to the Crown including two spin cast rods & reels, one salmon, one trout and a tub of worms. Mr. Gale was apprehended by IFEP officers on May 8, 2007 near the Grand Codroy River, NL.


On August 21, 2007, Rodney Downton, a resident of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, was sentenced in Provincial Court and received fines totaling $2,200 for several violations under federal Fisheries Regulations and provincial Wildlife Regulations. Mr. Downton was convicted for several offences, including attempting to foul hook trout, unlawfully jigging trout and the illegal possession of trout. He also received a fine for not having a fishing licence and had fishing equipment, including a three-prong jigger, and six trout forfeited. He is banned from fishing any inland waters for a year. The charges were laid after IFEP officers carried out surveillance operations near the Wooddale Tree Nursery during the summer of 2006, where he was observed illegally jigging trout at Peter’s River a scheduled salmon river.


At Provincial Court in St. Anthony, NL, on September 13, 2007, Seymour Compton of Englee, NL received a $2,000.00 fine for fishing for (i.e. netting) salmon during close time in coastal waters and also received a $500.00 fine for untagged salmon. Prohibited from holding any type of fishing licence and prohibited from being on coastal waters for a period 3 years. Mr. Compton was apprehended on June 27, 2007 at Devil’s Cove near the community of Englee, NL.


At Provincial Court in Plum Point, NL on September 17, 2007, Eric Cunard of Brig Bay, NL received a $1,000.00 fine for possession of untagged salmon. He is prohibited from holding a fishing licence for a period of one year. One Atlantic salmon was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Cunard was apprehended on July 8, 2007 near the community of Brig Bay, NL.


At Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL on September 18, 2007, Dennis Rowe and Leslie Rowe each received a $1,150.00 fine for fishing for (i.e. netting) salmon during close time in coastal waters and $500.00 fine for possession of untagged salmon. Three seized salmon and illegal salmon net were forfeited to the Crown. These individuals were apprehended on July 2, 2007 in the Sheaves Cove area on the Port au Port Peninsula, NL.


On September 18, 2007, at Provincial Court in L’anse au Clair, NL, Bobby O’Brien of West St. Modeste, NL was convicted of failing to immediately affix a licence tag to a salmon. He received a $750.00 fine and received a 2 year prohibition. Mr. O’Brien was apprehended on July 31, 2006.


On September 19, 2007, at Provincial Court in Port aux Basques, NL, David Feltham of Port aux Basques, NL was convicted of exceeding the daily bag limit for trout. He received a $200.00 fine and all items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a rod & reel and trout. Mr. Feltham was apprehended on May 27, 2007 by IFEP officers near Port aux Basques, NL.


On September 25, 2007, at Provincial Court in Grand Falls Windsor, NL, Robert Freake of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL was convicted and received a $500.00 fine for possession of untagged salmon. He received a one year prohibition. A salmon and fly rod were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Freake was apprehended on July 6, 2007 by an IFEP officer and a fishery guardian.


On September 25, 2007, at Provincial Court in Grand Falls Windsor NL, John Bradbury of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL was convicted and received a $400.00 fine for altering his inland fishery salmon licence/tags. Mr. Bradbury was apprehended on July 22, 2007 by IFEP officers.


On September 26, 2007 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Robert Doncaster of Oxford, Nova Scotia, was convicted of angling without a non-resident inland fishery licence and received a $345 fine. Fishing rod and reel was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Doncaster was apprehended on June 19, 2007 by IFEP officers.


On October 2, 2007 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Lloyd Rowsell of Little Bay Island, NL was convicted of failing to comply with the conditions of his bait licence and received a $500 fine. Mr. Rowsell was apprehended by IFEP officers on June 11, 2007.


Also on October 2, 2007 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Arthur Folkes of Springdale, NL was convicted of angling scheduled waters during close time and received a $200 fine. Mr. Folkes was apprehended by IFEP officers on May 28, 2007. A fishing rod and 10 trout were seized during the investigation and were forfeited to the Crown.


On October 3, 2007 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Terry Peckford of Point au Bay, NL was convicted of failing to release incidental catch, illegal possession of Atlantic salmon and setting a bait net illegally. He received a total fine of $2,500. Mr. Peckford was apprehended by IFEP officers on July 3, 2007 in the Bay of Exploits in central Newfoundland. Officers seized 5 Atlantic salmon, 2 bait nets, a 20 ft boat and motor and other fishing related equipment. The salmon, nets, and other fishing related equipment were forfeited to the Crown, however the boat and motor was not. Judge Timothy Chalker was the presiding provincial court judge.


On October 16, 2007 at Provincial Court in Woody Point, NL, Shawn Mckenzie and David Mckenzie of Norris Point, NL were convicted of possessing a net near inland waters and placing fishing gear in water during close time. Each individual received a fine of $1,750. Both individuals are prohibited from coastal waters for a period of two years. IFEP officers with the assistance of DFO officers apprehended the individuals on July 5, 2007 in the Bonne Bay area on the Province’s west coast. Officers seized a 16ft fiberglass boat with a 25hp outboard engine, 85ft long net, 3 fishing rods, 11 sea trout and various fishing related equipment. All items seized have been forfeited to the Crown.


On October 16, 2007 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Craig King of Cape Ray, NL was convicted of exceeding the daily bag limit for trout and received a $500 fine. He is also prohibited from being near inland waters for a period of 12 months. Mr. King was apprehended on June 19, 2007 by IFEP officers. All items seized including one fishing rod and 22 trout have been forfeited to the Crown.


On October 16, 2007 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, Neil Stagg of Wesleyville, NL was convicted of possession of untagged salmon, fishing for salmon during close time and catching salmon by means of a net. Mr. Stagg received a total fine of $2,750. Mr. Stagg was apprehended on July 20, 2007 by IFEP officers who were conducting surveillance of alleged illegal netting activity in coastal waters near the community of Badgers Quay, NL.


Also on October 16, 2007 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, Frank Dyke of Pool’s Island, NL was convicted of possession of untagged salmon and illegally netting coastal waters. Mr. Dyke received a total fine of $1,750. Mr. Dyke was apprehended on July 20, 2007 by an IFEP officer with the assistance of DFO officers. A 22ft fiberglass boat and motor, 21 Atlantic salmon, 2 nets and other related equipment were seized during the investigation and these items have been forfeited to the Crown.


On October 19, 2007 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Edward Hollahan of Deer Lake, NL was convicted of fishing for Atlantic salmon during close time, possessing untagged salmon and providing a false statement to an officer. Mr. Hollahan received at total fine of $3,700 including a $100 victim fine surcharge. One 12ft fiberglass boat, a salmon gill net, 3 Atlantic salmon and various fishing equipment were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Hollahan is prohibited from applying for a fishing licence for 3 years and is not permitted on Canadian waters for a period of 3 years except for commercial transportation purposes. Mr. Hollahan was apprehended in Devil’s Cove near the community of Englee, NL on June 27, 2007 by three IFEP officers with assistance from a local DFO officer. Officers were conducting surveillance of coastal waters at the time for alleged illegal netting of Atlantic salmon.


On October 24, 2007 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Henry Crant of Labrador City, NL was convicted of exceeding daily bag limit for trout; Mr. Crant received a $1,000 fine and was prohibited from fishing for a period of 2 years in Newfoundland and Labrador. All items including a fishing rod/reel and 21 brook trout were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Crant was apprehended by an IFEP officer at Mountain Brook in Western Labrador on July 22, 2007.


Also on October 24, 2007 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Ed Conway of Labrador City, NL was convicted of exceeding daily bag limit for trout; Mr. Conway received a $1,000 fine and was prohibited from fishing for a period of 2 years in Newfoundland and Labrador. All items including a fishing rod/reel and 21 brook trout were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Conway was apprehended by an IFEP officer at Mountain Brook in Western Labrador on July 22, 2007.


On October 26, 2007 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Wayne Strickland of Labrador City, NL was convicted of retaining lake trout that exceeded the length limit. Mr. Strickland received a $300.00 fine and all items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Strickland was apprehended on June 6, 2007 at Ossokmanuan Reservoir, NL by an IFEP officer and fishery guardian.


On November 1, 2007 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Lloyd and Alvena Cumby were both convicted of angling for trout during close time, each received a $200 fine and prohibited from fishing for one year. All items seized, including rods and reels, were forfeited to the Crown. Both individuals were apprehended on May 12, 2007, by an IFEP officer, at First Pond near the community of Howley, NL.


On November 6, 2007 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Donette Turpin of Labrador City, NL was convicted of angling in a closed area and received a $350 fine. A fishing rod and reel was forfeited to the Crown. This individual was apprehended on June 16, 2007 by an IFEP officer and fishery guardian.


On November 6, 2007 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Randy O’Donnell of Hanwell, New Brunswick was convicted of angling without a non-resident inland fishery licence and received a $300.00 fine. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a rod and reel. Mr. O’Donnell was apprehended on June 9, 2007, at Lobstick Lake, by an IFEP officer and fishery guardian.


Also, on November 6, 2007 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Donald Austin of Maquapit Lake, New Brunswick was convicted of angling without a non-resident inland fishery licence and received a $300.00 fine. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a rod and reel. Mr. Austin was apprehended on June 9, 2007, at Lobstick Lake, by an IFEP officer and fishery guardian.


On November 21, 2007 at Provincial Court in Port aux Basques, NL, Christopher Patey of Doyles, NL was convicted of possessing an Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged. He received a $500.00 fine and all items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a rod & reel, untagged salmon, fly box and contents, etc. Mr Patey was apprehended on July 5, 2006 near North Branch River by IFEP officers.


On November 30, 2007 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Ronald Jesso was convicted of attempting to net fish, namely salmon, in inland waters and received a $750.00 fine. He has been prohibited from being on or near inland waters for a period of 2 years. All items seized were forfeited including an illegal salmon net. Mr. Jesso was apprehended on July 24, 2007 by two IFEP officers near the community of Black Duck Siding on the Provinces west coast.


On December 4, 2007 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Boyd Bennett of Mattis Point, NL was convicted of illegal possession of fish and obstruction of a fisheries officer and received $250.00 and $500.00 fines, respectively. He is also prohibited from inland waters for a period of 2 years. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a rod & reel. Mr. Bennett was apprehended on May 27, 2007, near Mattis Point, by IFEP officers.


On December 5, 2007 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Roger Morrisey of Colchester County, Nova Scotia was convicted of exceeding daily bag limit for trout and received a $400.00 fine. Rod and reel, trout, etc forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Morrisey was apprehended by two IFEP officers on June 19, 2007 at Grand Lake on the Provinces west coast.


Also, on December 5, 2007 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, John Gilley of Bass River, Nova Scotia, a registered guide, was convicted of allowing an offence to occur and received a $250.00 fine. A rod and reel was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Gilley was apprehended by two IFEP officers on June 19, 2007 at Grand Lake on the Provinces west coast.


On December 6, 2007, at Provincial Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL Harvey Brown of Kilbride, NL, was convicted of exceeding possession limit of trout/char and possessing altered fish. He received a total fine of $3,000.00, $1,500.00 on each count. He also received a 3 year recreational fishing prohibition. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown, including a quantity of trout/char (approximately 65) and containers. Mr. Brown was apprehended on July 5, 2007 by an IFEP officer and fishery guardians near the community of Port Hope Simpson, Labrador.


On December 12, 2007 at Provincial Court in Baie Verte, NL, Darryl Dicks of Middle Arm, NL was convicted of illegal possession of an untagged salmon. He received a $1,000.00 fine and prohibited from holding a salmon inland fishery licence for l year. Two Atlantic salmon and a fly rod and reel were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Dicks was apprehended on September 5, 2007 by IFEP officers at Black Brook on the Baie Verte Peninsula.


On December 13, 2007 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Irving Young of Black Duck Siding, NL was convicted of attempting to net fish in inland waters. He received a $750.00 fine and is prohibited from being on at or near inland waters for a period of two years. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Young was apprehended on July 24, 2007 by two IFEP officers near the community of Black Duck Siding on the Provinces west coast.


On December 17, 2007 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Roland Flight of Labrador City was convicted of angling within 25 yards of an obstacle. He received a $350.00 fine and all items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Flight was apprehended on June 9, 2007 at Gabbro Structure, NL by an IFEP officer and fishery guardian.


On December 18, 2007 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Eric Sheppard of Stephenville, NL was convicted of obstructing an officer and netting inland waters, he received $500.00 and $1,000.00 fines respectively. The total fine was ordered for use with the Bay St. George Stewardship Program. Mr. Sheppard was also prohibited from being on at or near inland waters for a period of 2 years. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Sheppard was apprehended at Crabbes River, NL by IFEP officers on July 7, 2007.

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