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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

 

2009 Convictions

 

On December 15, 2009 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, William Dawe of Glenwood, NL was convicted of illegally netting inland waters, possessing Atlantic salmon caught in contravention and obstruction of an officer. He received a total fine of $3,750.00 and was prohibited from fishing inland waters for a period of 3 years.  Items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including an eighty foot salmon net and 5 Atlantic salmon. Mr. Dawe was apprehended by Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement officers on August 26, 2009 in the Gander Lake area. After receiving information from Crime stoppers regarding illegal netting activity in the area, officers strategically planned and initiated a surveillance operation resulting in successful apprehension and subsequent convictions.

On December 7, 2009 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Thomas Young of Stephenville Crossing, NL was convicted of possessing a net near inland waters. He received a $1,000.00 fine and was prohibited from inland waters for a period of 1 year. A net and pack sack seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Young was apprehended by Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement officers on June 30, 2009 at Rocky Point near the community of Stephenville Crossing, NL.

On December 1, 2009 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Winston Loveman of Wild Bight, NL was convicted of failing to comply with the conditions of his bait licence by not releasing Atlantic salmon. He received a fine of $1,000.00. Mr. Loveman was apprehended by Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement officers on June 29, 2009 at Wild Bight, near the community of Leading Tickles, NL.

On November 16, 2009 at Provincial Court in St. Anthony, NL, Boyce Roberts of Quirpon, NL was convicted of illegally netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters. He received a $3,500.00 fine and was prohibited from engaging in any fishing or angling activities on any Canadian Fisheries Waters for a period of 36 months. Items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including a 20 ft fiberglass boat and motor, salmon net, 13 Atlantic salmon and 10 packages of frozen salmon. Mr. Roberts was apprehended by Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement officers on July 9, 2009 who were conducting a surveillance operation near Quirpon Island on the Northern Peninsula.

On November 19, 2009 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Ryan Whalen of Pilley’s Island, NL was convicted of illegally netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters. He received a total fine of $2,000.00 and was prohibited from coastal and inland waters for a period of 2 years. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including Atlantic salmon, boat and illegal salmon nets. Mr. Whalen was apprehended by Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement officers on June 27, 2009 near the community of Pilley’s Island, NL.

On November 18, 2009 at Provincial Court in Harbour Grace, NL, David King of Perry’s Cove, NL was convicted of fishing inland waters other than angling, possessing trout caught in contravention and not constantly/closely attending a fishing line. He received a total fine of $500.00 and was prohibited from fishing in inland waters for a period of 2 years.  All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including a boat and a quantity of fishing related equipment. Mr. King was apprehended by Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement officers on May 30, 2009 near Round Pond, Green’s Harbour, NL.

On November 18, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Allan Osmond of Hampden, NL was convicted of illegally netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters.  He received a total fine of $3,000.00 and was prohibited from Canadian fishing waters for a period of 3 years. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including Atlantic salmon and an illegal salmon net. Mr. Osmond was apprehended by Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement officers on August 14, 2009 near the community of Hampden, NL.

On November 3, 2009 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Christian Gale of Doyles, NL was convicted of fishing scheduled inland waters during close time. He received a $750.00 fine and was prohibited from being on, at or near inland waters for a period of 2 years, except for the purpose of his employment as a helper in the commercial fishery. Mr. Gale was apprehended by IFE officers on June 2, 2009 near Fischell’s River, NL.

Labrador  convictions:
On October 28, 2009 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Kirk Hanrahan of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL was convicted of possessing trout not in compliance with size restrictions. He received a $ 200.00 fine. Items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including trout, spinning rod & reel. Mr. Hanrahan was apprehended by IFE officers on August 2, 2009 near Lobstick Lake, NL.

On September 29, 2009 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Todd Hancock of St. Anthony, NL was convicted of possessing trout not in compliance with size restrictions. He received a $ 300.00 fine. Items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including trout, spinning rod & reel. Mr. Hancock was apprehended by IFE officers on June 7, 2009 near Lobstick Lake, NL.

On September 29, 2009 at Provincial Court in Wabush, NL, Terry Spurrell of Labrador City, NL NL was convicted of possessing trout not in compliance with size restrictions. He received a $ 200.00 fine. Mr. Spurrell was apprehended by IFE officers on August 21, 2009 near Lobstick Lake, NL.

On October 26, 2009 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Keith Turner of Stephenville Crossing, NL was convicted of netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters, possessing fish caught in contravention and obstructing an officer. He received a total fine of $2,000.00 and was prohibited from coastal waters for a period of two (2) years except for purposes of employment. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including four (4) Atlantic salmon, salmon net and related equipment. Mr. Turner was apprehended by Inland Fish Enforcement officers on June 22, 2009 near Stephenville Crossing, NL.

On October 20, 2009 at Provincial Court in Rocky Harbour, NL, Shawn Reid of Norris Point, NL was convicted of illegally netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters, illegal possession of Atlantic salmon and fishing for Atlantic salmon during close time. He received a $1,300.00 fine and was prohibited from coastal waters and from participating in any recreational fishing for a period of one year. Mr. Reid was apprehended by Inland Fish Enforcement officers on July 15, 2009 who were conducting a surveillance operation near the community of Norris Point, NL.

Also on October 20, 2009 at Provincial Court in Rocky Harbour, NL, Aaron Reid of Norris Point, NL was convicted of illegally netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters, illegal possession of Atlantic salmon and fishing for Atlantic salmon during close time. He received a total jail sentence of 150 days and was prohibited from coastal waters and from participating in any recreational fishing for a period of five (5) years. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including salmon nets, Atlantic salmon, trout, mackerel and fishing related equipment. Mr. Reid was apprehended by Inland Fish Enforcement officers on July 15, 2009 who were conducting a surveillance operation near the community of Norris Point, NL.

On October 19th, 2009 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Gregory Young of Heatherton, NL, was convicted of angling in inland waters during closed time . He received a $500.00 fine and was prohibited from being on, at, or near inland waters for aperiod of one year.  Mr. Young was apprehended by Inland Fish Enforcement officers on May 24th, 2009 near Fischell’s River, NL

On October 6, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Bradford May of Deer Lake, NL was convicted of angling scheduled waters during closed time. He received a $250.00 fine and was prohibited from angling for a period of one year. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including two fishing rods and assorted fishing tackle.  Mr. May was apprehended by IFE officers on May 19, 2009 near the Humber River, NL.

On October 6, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Marie Mudge of Norris Point, NL was convicted of possessing fish caught in contravention. She received a $250.00 fine and was prohibited from angling for a period of one year. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including a fishing rod and related equipment. Ms. Mudge was apprehended by IFE officers on June 18, 2009 near Grand Lake, NL.

On October 6, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Reginald Mudge of Norris Point, NL was convicted of possessing fish caught in contravention. He received a $250.00 fine and was prohibited from angling for a period of one year. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including a fishing rod, 20 lbs of trout and related equipment. Mr. Mudge was apprehended by IFE officers on June 18, 2009 near Grand Lake, NL.

On September 17, 2009 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, David Morrissey of Appleton, NL was convicted of failing to affix an inland fishery salmon licence tag to a salmon. He received a $300.00 fine. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including an Atlantic salmon and fly rod. Mr. Morrissey was apprehended by IFE officers on July 23, 2009 near Gander River, NL.

On September 29, 2009 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls -Windsor, NL, Reginald Brace of Norris Arm, NL was convicted of altering an inland fishery salmon licence tag and possessing an Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged. He received a total fine of $500.00 and was prohibited for a period of one year from recreational angling.  A fly rod and Atlantic salmon seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown.  Mr. Brace was apprehended by IFE officers on July 25, 2009 near the Exploits River, NL.

On September 23, 2009 at Provincial Court in Grand Bank, NL, Stanislaus Jones of Petit Forte, NL was convicted of illegally netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters during close time. He received a total fine of $3,500.00 and received a two (2) year fishing prohibition. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including an 18 ft fiberglass boat, 25 Hp motor, salmon net, Atlantic salmon and assorted fishing related equipment. Mr. Jones was observed by IFE officers illegally netting Atlantic salmon during June 27 and 28, 2009 near Petite Forte, NL where is was later apprehended by IFE officers.

On September 16, 2009 at Provincial Court in Port aux Basques, NL, Hugh O’Quinn of Corner Brook, NL was convicted of possessing untagged salmon, possessing salmon greater than 63 centimeters and retaining salmon caught in coastal waters. He received a total fine of $1,200.00 and was prohibited for one year from recreational fishing. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including an Atlantic salmon, two spincast rods and assorted tackle. Mr. O’Quinn was apprehended on June 24, 2009 by IFE officers near Little Codroy River, NL.

On September 10, 2009 at Provincial Court in St. John’s, NL, Frank Murphy of St. John’s, NL was convicted of salmon angling related offences. He received a $920.00 fine and received a one year prohibition from fishing in inland waters. Mr. Murphy was apprehended by IFE officers on July 17, 2009 at Northwest River near Trepassey, NL.

On September 10, 2009 at Provincial Court in St. John’s, NL, Kevin Butler of St. John’s, NL was convicted of salmon angling related offences. He received a $920.00 fine. Mr. Butler was apprehended by IFE officers on July 17, 2009 at Northwest River near Trepassey, NL.

On September 8, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Stephanie Corcoran of Deer Lake, NL was convicted of angling during close time. She received a total fine of $150.00.All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown.  Ms. Corcoran was apprehended by IFE officers on May 20, 2009 at the Humber River near Deer Lake, NL.

On September 8, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Matthew Cooper of Deer Lake, NL was convicted of angling during close time and possessing fish caught in contravention. He received a total fine of $400.00 and was prohibited from fishing in inland waters and from applying for an inland fishery licence for a period of one year. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including fishing rods & reels, trout and assorted tackle.  Mr. Cooper was apprehended by IFE officers on May 20, 2009 at the Humber River near Deer Lake, NL.

On September 1, 2009 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Steve Wells of South Brook, NL was convicted of angling in scheduled waters during close time. He received a $200.00 fine and was prohibited from holding a fishing licence for a period of one year. A rod & reel seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Wells was apprehended by IFE officers on May 25, 2009 at the Tommy’s Arm River, NL.

On September 1, 2009 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Jethro Saunders of Burlington, NL was convicted of angling in scheduled waters during close time. He received a $250.00 fine. A rod & reel and trout seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Saunders was apprehended by IFE officers on May 18, 2009 at the Burlington River, NL.

On August 27, 2009 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Jeffery Fudge of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL was convicted of altering his inland fishery salmon licence. He received a $200.00 and was prohibited from holding an inland fishery licence for a period of one year. Mr. Fudge was apprehended by IFE officers on July 25, 2009 near the Exploits River, NL

On August 27, 2009 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Stanley Monks of Springdale, NL was convicted of altering his inland fishery salmon licence. He received a $200.00 and was prohibited from holding an inland fishery licence for a period of one year. Mr. Monks was apprehended by IFE officers on July 23, 2009 at Davies Brook near the community of Springdale, NL.

On August 27, 2009 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Barnard Letemcier of Corner Brook, NL was convicted of angling in scheduled waters without a valid licence. He received a $200.00 fine and his rod & reel were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Letemcier was also prohibited from from holding an inland fishery licence for a period of one year. Mr. Letemcier was apprehended by IFE officers on July 23, 2009 at Gull Brook near the community of South Brook, NL.

On August 24, 2009 at Provincial Court in St. John’s, NL, David Robbins of Dunville, NL was convicted of jigging Atlantic salmon in inland waters and possessing a salmon that was not properly tagged. He received a total fine of $1,500.00 and all seized items were forfeited to the Crown including one Atlantic salmon, rod & reel, three pronged hooks and assorted tackle. Mr. Robbins was apprehended by IFE officers on August 14, 2009 near Foxtrap, NL.

On August 25, 2009 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Patrick Boyd of Pilley’s Island, NL was convicted of possessing Atlantic salmon caught in contravention and fishing for salmon during closed time. He received a total fine of $1,800.00 and was prohibited from fishing for a period of one year. Mr. Boyd was apprehended by IFE officers during an investigation near Pilley’s Island on June 26, 2009.

On August 18, 2009 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, Danny Gidge of Herring Neck, NL was convicted of failing to comply with the conditions of his bait licence by failing to release Atlantic salmon and being in illegal possession of Atlantic salmon. He received a total fine of $1,500.00. Salmon seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Gidge was apprehended by IFE officers on June 29, 2009 near the community of Herring Neck, NL.

On July 27, 2009 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls – Windsor, NL, Hedley Rideout of Robert’s Arm, NL was convicted of possessing fish caught in contravention, having angling gear in readiness for fishing near scheduled waters during close time and being in possession of salmon that was not properly tagged. He received at total fine of $575.00 and all items were forfeited to the Crown including three spincast rods & reels, trout and salmon. Mr. Rideout was apprehended by IFE officers on May 16, 2009 at Tommy’s Arm, NL.

On July 20, 2009 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Kevin Young of Heatherton, NL was convicted of angling scheduled waters during close times. He received a $500.00 fine and was prohibited from being on, at or near inland waters for a period of 1 year, except for the purpose of fishing in accordance with the terms of his commercial fishing license. Mr. Young was observed by IFE officers angling at Fischells River on May 21, 2009

On July 14, 2009 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, Jamie Gleason of Virgin Arm, NL was convicted of using a line equipped with more than one hook while angling in scheduled waters, jigging Atlantic salmon in inland waters and possessing Atlantic salmon caught in contravention. He received a total fine of $2,000.00. A car, rod & reel, five (5) Atlantic salmon and associated fishing tackle were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Gleason was apprehended by IFEP officers during Operation “Double Claw”. An undercover operation conducted on the Campbellton River by IFEP during the summers of 2007 and 2008.

Poaching on the Humber River Results in Significant Penalties

In response to concerns expressed by local residents and conservation groups about poaching activities on the Humber River near the spillway at Deer Lake, an extensive undercover investigation by Department of Justice Inland Fish Enforcement officers has resulted in significant fines and penalties. Commenced in 2007 Operation Click resulted in eight individuals receiving fishing prohibitions ranging from one to five years. As well, fines totalling more than $20,000 have been imposed and a significant amount of equipment has been forfeited. Officers are continuing to respond to complaints of salmon poaching and during the last two weeks, seven investigations involving illegal netting in the Bay St. George and Notre Dame Bay areas have taken place. These investigations resulted in 30 charges against nine individuals, including the offences of illegal netting of Atlantic salmon, illegal possession of salmon and obstruction of a peace officer. Also, 13 Atlantic salmon, a pick-up truck, an all-terrain vehicle, two boats, and an assortment of fishing related equipment have been seized. Since Inland Fish Enforcement commenced 2009 seasonal operations in May, a total of 117 fish-related charges against 55 individuals have been filed. Numerous offences involving all-terrain vehicles, hunting and firearms violations have also been encountered.

 

seizure

Vehicle and boat seized during 2009 Inland Fish Enforcement operations.

 

The Inland Fish Enforcement team is mandated to protect inland fish stocks and detect and apprehend poachers. The most recent statistics available show that over 130,000 residents participate in recreational fishing in this province each year with direct spending totalling more than $95 million. Since 2004, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has invested over $10 million to protect valuable inland fish resources.

The public is reminded they can anonymously report suspected poaching of salmon or trout to either Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477), Inland Fish Enforcement (709-637-2971) or via the Department of Justice website

Ken Morrissey
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
709-729-6985, 685-6612
kenmorrissey@gov.nl.ca


On July 7, 2009 at Provincial Court in Springdale, NL, Navin Young of Burlington, NL was convicted of angling scheduled waters during close time. He received a $250.00 fine and a spin cast rod & reel was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Young was apprehended by IFE officers on May 18, 2009 near the Burlington River.

On June 25, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Rockwell Parsons of Deer Lake, NL was convicted on three counts of possessing improperly tagged salmon, one count of possessing salmon caught in contravention and a count of exceeding the yearly quota for salmon. He received a total fine of $9,000.00 (i.e. $3, 000.00 for the first three counts and $6,000.00 for last two counts). He was also prohibited from applying/obtaining a fishing licence, fishing in inland waters and being within 10 meters of inland waters for a period of 5 years. He was also prohibited from the parking lot at the spillway in Deer Lake for a period of 5 years. Mr. Parsons 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 June 23, 2009 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Stephen Lush of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, was convicted of angling in scheduled waters during close time. He received a $250.00 fine and two rods & reels were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Lush was apprehended by an Inland Fish Enforcement officer on May 3, 2009 at the Exploits River near the community of Badger, NL.

On June 9, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Paul Penney of Pasadena, NL was convicted of jigging fish in scheduled waters and using a line equipped with more than one hook. He received a total fine of $1,000.00 and all items seized were forfeited to the Crown including a rod & reel, an inland fishery salmon licence, triple claw jigger and seven (7) trout. He was also prohibited from fishing, obtaining a fishing licence and being within 10 meters of inland waters for a period of one year. Mr. Penney was apprehended by an Inland Fish Enforcement officer on August 30, 2008 at South Brook near the community of Pasadena, NL.

On May 28, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Wade Rubia of St. Judes, NL was convicted of possessing improperly tagged salmon and angling in closed area. He received a total fine of $1,000.25 including victim fine surcharge. He was also prohibited for 2 years from applying for and obtaining an inland fishery licence and fishing inland waters. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown including seven (7) Atlantic salmon, fishing vest, rod and reel. Mr. Rubia 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 May 26, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Dwayne Sparkes of Dawson Creek, BC while being a non-resident was convicted of angling scheduled waters without a valid inland fishery licence and did possess fish caught in contravention. He received a total fine of $600.00 and all items seized were forfeited to the Crown including trout, a dip net, two buckets, two rods and reels and a tackle box containing assorted fishing tackle. Mr. Sparkes was apprehended on May 20, 2009 by Inland Fish Enforcement officers at the Humber River near Deer Lake, NL.

On May 12, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Paul M. Forsey of Deer Lake, NL was convicted of catching and retaining fish, namely Atlantic salmon, in excess of his daily allowable quota. He received a $1,000 fine and was prohibited for one year from salmon fishing. Mr. Forsey 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 April 29, 2009 at Provincial Court in Port aux Basques, NL, Theodore Anderson of Port aux Basques, NL was convicted of possessing a net near inland waters, possessing fish caught in contravention, fishing for salmon during closed time and possessing untagged salmon. He received at total fine of $6,500.00 and was prohibited for 3 years from holding an inland fishery licence for salmon. Three (3) Atlantic salmon, one boat, one gill net and related equipment were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Anderson was apprehended by Inland Fish Enforcement officers on June 14, 2008 at Little Bay near the community of Port Aux Basques, NL.

On March 26, 2009 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL Charles Harvey of Campbellton, NL was convicted of possessing salmon that was not properly tagged, unlawfully using a line equipped with more than one hook on a scheduled salmon river, jigging Atlantic salmon and trout, possessing salmon and trout caught in contravention. Mr. Harvey pled guilty to a total of 9 offences. He received a total fine of $7,000.00 and was prohibited for five (5) years from recreational and commercial fishing. All items seized by Inland Fish Enforcement officers was forfeited to the Crown, including twenty-nine (29) Atlantic salmon, fishing rod & reel, double and triple claw jiggers, etc. Mr. Harvey was apprehended by IFEP officers during Operation Double Claw. An undercover operation conducted on the Campbellton River by IFEP during the summers of 2007 and 2008.

On March 10, 2009 at Provincial Court in Gander, NL, John Harnett of Campbellton, NL was convicted of angling on a scheduled salmon river with a line equipped with more than one hook, jigging Atlantic salmon and possessing salmon caught in contravention. He received a total fine of $1,700.00, $1,000.00 on count #1 and $350.00 each of the other counts. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including salmon and rod & reel. Mr. Harnett was apprehended by IFEP officers during Operation Double “Claw”. An undercover operation conducted on the Campbellton River by IFEP during the summer of 2007 and 2008.

On March 3, 2009 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Morgan White of Grand Falls-Windsor, NL was convicted of possessing an Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged and possessing a salmon that exceeded the length limit. He received a total fine of $400.00. All items seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown including one salmon, rod & reel and pack sack. Mr. White was apprehended on June 25, 2008 near the Exploits River by IFEP officers.

On February 24, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Guy Caravan of Deer Lake, NL was convicted of angling in an area closed to angling. He received a $500.00 fine and was prohibited for 1 year from fishing for any species of fish in all inland waters. Mr. Caravan was apprehended by IFEP officers during Operation “Click” at the Deer Lake Tailrace.

On February 18, 2009 at Provincial Court in Port aux Basques, NL, Walter White and Todd Anderson of Port aux Basques, NL were both convicted of possessing a net near inland waters and possessing lobsters without a licence. Each received a $500.00 on the first count and $1,000.00 on the second count. The total fine was $3,000.00. Both individuals also received a three year prohibition from inland waters. One salmon net and 15 lobsters seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. White and Mr. Anderson were apprehended on June 15, 2008 by IFEP officers at Little Bay near the community of Port aux Basques, NL.

On February 13, 2009 at Provincial Court in Stephenville, NL, Rick Chaisson and Donovan Benoit were convicted of angling during close time and each received a fine of $400.00. Rods, reels and trout seized during the investigation were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Chaisson and Mr. Benoit were apprehended by an IFEP officer on May 19, 2008 at Southwest Brook near the community of St. George’s, NL.

On February 3, 2009 at Provincial Court in Grand Falls-Windsor, NL, Barry George of Grand Falls- Windsor, NL was convicted of possessing an Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged. He received a $250.00 fine and the salmon that was seized was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. George was apprehended near the Exploits River on July 10, 2008 by IFEP officers.

On January 15, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Rick Wells of Reidville, NL was convicted of being in possession of a salmon net near inland waters. Mr. Wells received a $1,000.00 fine and was prohibited from being within 10 metres of any Canadian fishery waters for 3 years except for travel purposes and he was also prohibited from holding a fishery licence for 3 years. A 2002 Chevrolet Impala car, salmon net and fish tray seized by investigating officers was forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Reid was apprehended by IFEP officers on June 15, 2008 near Cache Rapids, Humber River on the provinces west coast.

On January 6, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Robert Webb of Pynn’s Brook, NL was convicted of being in possession of an Atlantic salmon greater than 63 centimetres in length and an Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged. He received a total fine of $2,400.00, i.e. $1,200.00 on each count. He was prohibited from being within 10 metres of any Canadian fishery waters for 3 years except for travel purposes and he was also prohibited from holding a provincial inland fishery licence for 3 years. All items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. Webb was apprehended by IFEP officers on August 31, 2008 near the Serpentine River on the provinces west coast.

On January 6, 2009 at Provincial Court in Corner Brook, NL, Calvin James of Charolette Maine, USA was convicted of angling scheduled waters without a non-resident salmon inland fishery licence. He received a $500.00 fine and all items seized were forfeited to the Crown. Mr. James was apprehended by IFEP officers on August 31, 2008 near the Serpentine River on the provinces west coast.

 

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