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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

 

2008 Convictions

 

On January 28, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Roger Hillard of St. Fintan’s, NL was convicted of exceeding the possession limit for trout. He was sentenced to one (1) month in jail. Mr. Hillard also breached his previous prohibition from being near inland waters. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Hillard was apprehended by IFEP officers on May 19, 2007 near the community of St. David’s, NL.


On February 29, 2008 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, Jerry King of Wesleyville, NL was convicted of fishing for salmon during close time in coastal waters and received a $3,500.00 fine. Three Atlantic salmon and one salmon net were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. King was apprehended on July 20, 2007 by IFEP officers near the community of Badger’s Quay, NL. Officers conducted a surveillance operation in the area and with the assistance of night vision equipment officers were successful in apprehending those involved in the illegal netting of Atlantic salmon.


On March 11, 2008 at Provincial Court in Placentia, NL, Luke English, Joseph McGrath and a Young Offender all of the community of Branch, St. Mary’s Bay, NL were convicted of netting inland waters, possessing fish (namely Atlantic salmon) taken in contravention, altering salmon and possessing untagged salmon. The Young Offender and Mr. McGrath were also convicted of operating an all-terrain vehicle outside an approved area. At Provincial Court in Placentia, NL on April 8, 2008 these three individuals were sentenced. Mr. McGrath received a total fine of $4,200.00 and Mr. English received a total fine of $4,100.00. The Young Offender received a total fine of $700.00 and 20 hours of community service. All three individuals are prohibited from fishing in inland waters and holding an inland fishery licence for two (2) years. These individuals were apprehended by IFEP officers near the Branch River on September 3, 2007. During the investigation officers seized 47 Atlantic salmon, one net, two all-terrain vehicles and three pack sacks. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown.


On March 12, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, David Legge of Summerside Bay of Islands, NL was convicted of possessing fish (i.e. trout/Ouananiche) that were cut or dealt with in such a manner where the weight of the fish could not be readily determined. The fish were caught by Mr. Legge while fishing for recreational or sport purposes. Mr. Legge received a $500.00 fine and all fish seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Legge was apprehended by IFEP officers near Grand Lake on the Provinces west coast on June 20, 2007.


On April 7, 2008 at Provincial Court in Plum Point, NL, Garrett Byrne of Conche, NL was convicted of obstructing a Fishery Officer. Mr. Byrne was sentenced to 30 days house arrest and placed on probation for a period of 12 months. The offence took place in the community of Conche, NL on July 8, 2008 when provincial Inland Fish Enforcement Officers and federal Fisheries Officers were conducting their official duties during an investigation into alleged salmon poaching.


On April 15, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, David Legge (Senior) of Summerside Bay of Islands, NL was convicted of possessing fish (i.e. trout/Ouananiche) that were cut or dealt with in such a manner where the weight of the fish could not be readily determined. The fish were caught by Mr. Legge while fishing for recreational or sport purposes. Mr. Legge received a $350.00 fine and all fish seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Legge was apprehended by IFEP officers near Grand Lake on the Provinces west coast on June 20, 2007.


On April 15, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Patrick Wiseman of Croque, NL was convicted of fishing for salmon in coastal waters during a close time. He received a $1,500.00 fine and is prohibited from coastal waters for a period of 3 years. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Wiseman was apprehended by IFEP officers on July 17, 2007 who were conducting surveillance of illegal netting in coastal waters near the community of Croque, NL.


On June 2, 2008 at Provincial Court in Plum Point, NL, Alvin Colbourne was convicted of illegally netting salmon in coastal waters. He received a $1,500.00 fine and was prohibited from being on coastal waters for a period of 4 years. A boat, gill net, two salmon and related equipment were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Colbourne was apprehended on July 17, 2007 during an investigation conducted by IFEP officers with assistance of a DFO officer near the community of Roddickton, NL.


Also, on June 2, 2008 at Provincial Court in Plum Point, NL, Gerry Hynes was convicted of illegally netting salmon in coastal waters. He received a $1,000.00 fine and was prohibited from being on coastal waters for a period of 4 years. A boat, gill net, two salmon and related equipment were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Hynes was apprehended on July 17, 2007 during an investigation conducted by IFEP officers with assistance of a DFO officer near the community of Roddickton, NL.


On June 16, 2008 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, Donald McNeil of St. John’s, NL was convicted of possessing untagged salmon and altering fish such that the weight/size could not be determined. Mr. McNeil received a $1,250.00 fine and a three year prohibition from fishing. Thirteen salmon, approximately 65 trout/Char, fishing rods, 3 coolers and a quantity of fishing related equipment were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. McNeil was apprehended by IFEP officers during an investigation at the Lewisporte Ferry Terminal in during the 2007 IFEP.


On July 2, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL Vincent Devoe was convicted of having angling gear in readiness for fishing. He received a $250.00 fine and one year prohibition from inland waters. A fishing rod & reel was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Devoe was apprehended on May 5, 2008 by IFEP officers.


On July 2, 2008 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, Nathan Howell of Badger’s Quay, NL was convicted of fishing for salmon during close time and fishing for salmon with a net without being the holder of a limited fishery licence. Mr. Howell received a total fine of $2,000.00 and is prohibited for fishing for salmon for a period of one (1) year. Mr. Howell was apprehended on July 19, 2007 by IFEP officers during an illegal netting investigation near the community of Badger’s Quay, NL.


On July 22, 2008 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, Gary Saunders and Lionel Goulding of Gambo, NL was each convicted of angling in scheduled waters during close time. They each received a $400.00 fine and items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Both individuals were apprehended by IFEP officers on May 26, 2008 at the Gambo River, near the community of Gambo, NL.


On July 27, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Richard Campbell of Surrey, British Columbia was convicted of angling without a non-resident inland fishery trout licence and angling without a licenced guide. He received a total fine of $500.00, i.e. $250.00 on each count. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Campbell was apprehended on June 6, 2008 by IFEP officers near Stag Lake on the provinces west coast.


On July 27, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Gordon Bennett of Black Duck Pond, NL was convicted fishing during close time. He received a $500.00. A rod & reel was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Bennett was apprehended by IFEP officers on April 28, 2008 near Black Duck Pond, NL.


On August 14, 2008 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, Keith Manuel of Loon Bay, NL, was convicted of netting inland waters and being in possession of Atlantic salmon that was caught in contravention. Mr. Manual received a total fine of $ 2,500.00 and all items seized were forfeited to the Crown including an Atlantic salmon and an illegal net. He was apprehended by IFEP officers on July 4, 2008 during a surveillance operation at Southeast Brook near Loon Bay, NL. Officers were acting on information of poaching activity received from Crime stoppers.


On August 19, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Kirk Brake of Corner Brook, NL, was convicted of being in possession of an Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged. Mr. Brake received a $1,000.00 fine and was prohibited from holding an inland fishery licence for 2 years. All seized items were also forfeited to the Crown. He was apprehended by IFEP officers on June 28, 2008 during an investigation at Little Falls near the community of Cormack, NL.


Also on August 19, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Gordon Davis was convicted of retaining salmon by means of a net, fishing salmon during close time and possessing untagged salmon. Mr. Davis received a $6,000.00 fine and was prohibited from being on or near Canadian waters except for ferry crossings. All item seized were forfeited including an illegal salmon net and 3 Atlantic salmon. He was apprehended by IFEP officers on July 13, 2008 during an investigation near the community of Pollard’s Point, NL.


On September 19, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Andrew Ryan was convicted of fishing for trout with a gill net in coastal waters and received a $750.00 fine. He was prohibited from being on at or near coastal waters for a period of 12 months. All item seized were forfeited including an illegal net. Mr. Ryan was apprehended by IFEP officers on July 7, 2008 during an investigation near the community of Piccadilly, NL.


On September 29, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Curtis Byrne of Conche, NL was convicted of illegally fishing for salmon and received a $500.00. He was prohibited for 2 years from being on coastal waters and from applying/possessing any licence for recreational fishing. A 1994 Eagle summit car was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Byrne was apprehended on July 8, 2007 during Operation Fox takedown in the community of Conche, NL.


On September 29, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Wade Carroll of Conche, NL was convicted of illegally fishing for salmon and received a $1000.00 fine. He was prohibited for 3 years from being on coastal waters and from applying/possessing any licence for recreational fishing. Five salmon and 7 frozen packs of salmon steaks were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Carroll was apprehended on July 8, 2007 during Operation Fox take down in the community of Conche, NL.


On September 29, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Bernard Gardner of Conche, NL was convicted of illegally fishing for salmon and received 45 days house arrest. He was prohibited for 3 years from being on coastal waters except for the purpose of fishing on board a commercial fishing boat in the company of a licenced operator and from applying/possessing any licence for recreational fishing. Seventeen salmon were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Gardner was apprehended on July 8, 2007 during Operation Fox take down in the community of Conche, NL.


Also on September 29, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Joshua Flynn was convicted of obstructing an officer and was ordered to keep the peace and be of good behavior and was required to write a letter of apology. Mr. Flynn was apprehended on July 8, 2007 during Operation Fox takedown in the community of Conche, NL.


On September 30, 2008 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Doug Dillon of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL was convicted of fishing within 25 yards downstream from an obstacle. He received a $350.00 fine. Mr. Dillon was apprehended by IFEP officers on July 21, 2008.


On October 7, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Daniel and Calvin Cormier of Doyles, NL were convicted of angling in scheduled waters other than with an artificial fly. Each accused received a $400.00 fine and was ordered to pay $ 1,000.00 donation to SPAWN. Both individuals were apprehended on June 1, 2008 at Grand Codroy River by IFEP officers.


On October 7, 2008 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Clayton Saunders of St. Patricks, NL was convicted of illegally netting and possessing salmon taken in coastal waters. He received a total fine of $1,900.00 and a 16ft boat, 9.9 four stroke motor, salmon nets and 7 Atlantic salmon were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Saunders was apprehended by IFEP officers during an investigation on June 21, 2008 at Southern Arm near the community of King’s Point, NL.


On October 9, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Kerry Keddy of Chester, Nova Scotia was convicted of loaning licence while angling. He received $250.00 fine and was prohibited from fishing for one year. A fly rod & reel was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Keddy was apprehended on June 22, 2008 at Robinsons River, NL.


On October 9, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Scott Lomond of Bridgewater, Nova Scotia was convicted of failing to immediately affix a tag to a salmon. He received $250.00 fine and was prohibited from fishing for one year. A fly rod & reel and salmon were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Lomond was apprehended on June 22, 2008 at Robinsons River, NL.


On October 9, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Roger Hilliard of St. Fintains, NL was convicted of angling during close time and breaching a court order. He received a $1,500.00 fine on each count for a total fine of $3,000.00. He also received a 7 year prohibition from being near inland waters and is not to apply for any fishing or hunting licences until all fines are paid in full. All seized items were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Hilliard was apprehended by IFEP officers on April 18, 2008 at Loch Leven Pond on the provinces west coast.


On October 9, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Troy Gilbert of St. Fintains, NL was convicted of angling during close time. He received a $1,000.00 fine and was prohibited from inland waters for a period of 2 years except for employment purposes. All seized items were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Gilbert was apprehended by IFEP officers on April 18, 2008 at Loch Leven Pond on the provinces west coast.


Also on October 9, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Clayton Hare of Burgeo, NL was convicted of angling with an inland fishery salmon licence tag that had been altered. Mr. Hare received a $500.00 fine and one year prohibition from angling. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a salmon, fly rod and reel. Mr. Hare was apprehended by IFEP officers on August 13, 2008 near the community of Gallants, NL near Harry’s River.


On October 20, 2008 at Provincial Court in L’Anse au Clair, NL, Ricky Hancock, Massey Drive, NL was convicted of possessing an improperly tagged salmon. He received a $500.00 fine and was prohibited for 6 months from holding an inland fishery licence. Mr. Hancock was apprehended on August 4, 2008 by IFEP officers during a roadside check station on the L’Anse au Clair highway in southern Labrador.


On October 21, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, David Renouf of Robinsons, NL was convicted of possessing an improperly tagged salmon. He received a $1,000.00 fine and was prohibited for 18 months from angling. All item seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Renouf was apprehended on July 13, 2008 by IFEP officers who were responding to a complaint of illegal activity on the Robinsons River on the province’s west coast.


Also on October 21, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Shelia Carpenter of Bishop’s Falls, NL was convicted of possessing an improperly tagged salmon. She received a $1,000.00 fine and was prohibited for 18 months from angling. All item seized were forfeited to the Crown. Ms. Carpenter was apprehended on July 13, 2008 by IFEP officers who were responding to a complaint of illegal activity on the Robinsons River on the province’s west coast.


On October 21, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Douglas Elliott of Main Brook, NL was convicted of possessing an Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged and altering fish. He received a $500.00 fine for illegal possessing and a $400.00 for altering a salmon. He received a one year prohibition and items seized were forfeited including a plastic bag containing salmon pieces, green carry bag, a fly rod and reel. Mr. Elliott was apprehended on July 4, 2008 by IFEP officers near Tom Roses Pond on the Northern Peninsula.


On November 14, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Gerry Byrne of Conche, NL was sentenced after being convicted for offences involving the illegal netting of salmon in coastal waters. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and prohibited for 4 years from being on coastal waters except for the purpose of fishing on board a commercial fishing boat in the company of a licenced operator and from applying/possessing any licence for recreational fishing. A boat and motor seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Byrne was apprehended on July 8, 2007 during Operation Fox take down in the community of Conche, NL.


Also on November 14, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Peter Flynn of Conche, NL was sentenced after being convicted for offences involving the illegal netting of salmon in coastal waters. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and prohibited for 4 years from being on coastal waters except for the purpose of fishing on board a commercial fishing boat in the company of a licenced operator and from applying/possessing any licence for recreational fishing. Mr. Flynn was apprehended on July 8, 2007 during Operation Fox takedown in the community of Conche, NL.


On November 19, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Edward Gale of Pollard’s Point, NL was convicted of fishing salmon during closed time, possessing salmon that were caught in contravention and netting salmon. He received a total fine of $4,000.00 and was prohibited for 2 years from fishing of any kind, obtaining a fishing licence and from being on coastal waters except for commercial transport. All seized items were forfeited including a salmon net and four (4) Atlantic salmon. Mr. Gale was apprehended by IFEP officers during a surveillance operation near the community of Pollard’s Point, NL on July 21, 2008. The illegal netting activity occurred in coastal waters.


On November 19, 2008 at Provincial Court in Port aux Basques, NL, Cecil Osmond of Deer Lake, NL was convicted of angling while in possession of an altered salmon licence tag. He received a $650.00 fine and prohibited for 12 months from inland waters. A fly rod, reel, Atlantic salmon and salmon tags were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Osmond was apprehended on August 14, 2008 by IFEP officers on the Grand Codroy River on the provinces west coast.


Also on November 19, 2008 at Provincial Court in Port aux Basques, NL, Benjamin Brake of Petawawa, Ontario was convicted of possessing an Atlantic salmon greater than 63 centimeters and possessing an untagged salmon. He received a total fine of $1,000.00 (i.e. $500.00 on each count). He was prohibited from inland waters for a period of 3 years. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a fly rod, reel, Atlantic salmon and licence tag. Mr. Brake was apprehended on July 16, 2008 by IFEP officers on the Grand Codroy River on the provinces west coast.


On November 21, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Allan Pynn of Deer Lake, NL was convicted on two counts of altering salmon tags and two counts of failing to immediately affix a licence tag to a salmon. He received a total fine of $4,000.00 and is prohibited for 4 years from fishing and obtaining a fishing licence. He was ordered 12 months to pay the fine. All items seized including a salmon licence, fishing vest, fly rod and reel with case were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Pynn was apprehended by IFEP officers during the takedown of Operation “Click” on August 22, 2008. Operation “Click” was a 15 month investigation conducted by the IFEP into salmon poaching on the Humber River at the Deer Lake Tailrace.


On November 25, 2008 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Glen Earle of Corner Brook, NL was convicted of altering his salmon inland fishery licence i.e. salmon tags. He received a $750.00 fine and was prohibited for 2 years from fishing. All items that were seized including a fly rod, reel, and salmon tags were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Earle was apprehended on August 15, 2008 at Robinsons River by an IFEP officer.


On December 1, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, John Ambrose McIssac of Deer Lake was convicted for illegal possession of improperly tagged salmon. He received a $500.00 fine and was prohibited for one year from holding an inland fishery licence. Mr. McIssac was apprehended by IFEP officers during the takedown of Operation “Click” on August 22, 2008.


On December 1, 2008 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Gary M. Tucker of Deer Lake was convicted for illegal possession of untagged salmon. He received a $500.00 fine and was prohibited for one year from holding an inland fishery licence. Mr. Tucker was apprehended by IFEP officers during the takedown of Operation “Click” on August 22, 2008.


 
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