Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Bust Two Separate Salmon Poaching Operations


Justice and Public Safety
June 30, 2015

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Bust Two Separate Salmon Poaching Operations

Recent tips from the public about the illegal netting and selling of wild Atlantic salmon on the Baie Verte Peninsula have resulted in two males facing charges under the Federal Fisheries Act.

Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers from the Springdale office led an extensive surveillance operation in the Brent’s Cove area of the Baie Verte Peninsula. Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from Grand Falls-Windsor, Stephenville and Corner Brook detachments were also involved in the operation and were also supported by the Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s officer in Baie Verte. As a result, on June 27, 2015, two male adults were apprehended and will be charged for illegally netting salmon in coastal waters, and the illegal possession of salmon caught in contravention of the Federal Fisheries Act.

The two individuals in their 40s, both from Brent’s Cove, were apprehended on June 27 after they returned with salmon from their salmon net that they had illegally set. Officers seized equipment used by the men to carry out their illegal poaching operation. An extended cab P/U truck, a Polaris RzR side by side, boat and motor, net and 12 salmon were seized. Sixteen additional salmon that were alive were released by the officers.

Another bust occurred early this morning (Tuesday, June 30) when Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from the Gander detachment responded to a tip on the stop poaching report line, near the community of Wareham in Bonavista Bay. Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers, along with the assistance of River Guardians, apprehended a male suspect for illegally netting salmon. A net, boat and motor, as well as Atlantic salmon were seized. The accused was released to appear in court in Gander at a later date. A second suspect fled the scene. The investigation is ongoing.

The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division would like to remind would-be poachers that it is committed to apprehending violators who threaten the province’s salmon and trout populations. With the public’s continued support, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement will continue to travel to all parts of the province regardless of the geographic challenges and enforce the legislation protecting our fish stocks.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to protecting the province’s resources and to ensuring that they remain available for those who respect legislation concerning the proper management and conservation of fish and game. The public can play a significant role in assisting officers in protecting the province’s natural resources by reporting any suspicious activity. This can be done anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling 1-877-820-0999, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca opens new window or www.nlcrimestoppers.com opens new window.



Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs

September 1st, 2010

Inland Fish Enforcement Program Expands to Further Protect Labrador Fish Stocks


World-class fish stocks in Labrador will be further protected due to an investment of approximately $900,000 by the Williams Government. This significant investment will fund seven additional Inland Fish Enforcement (IFE) officers to be stationed in Wabush, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Cartwright which will extend the current enforcement season and expand the scope of the program.

“Labrador is renowned for its remarkable fish stocks, and it is our responsibility as a government to be stewards of this resource and ensure it is protected for future generations,” said the Honourable Felix Collins, Minister of Justice and Attorney General. “This investment will continue the Provincial Government’s efforts to see enforcement resources directed toward the protection of Labrador’s salmon, trout and Arctic char stocks. Inland Fish Enforcement will continue to work with conservation groups, anglers and Aboriginal groups to ensure that this resource is protected for all Labradorians.”

The seven new officers will bring the total number of positions in Labrador to 13. With this added investment, the province will have 48 IFE officers dedicated to protecting the province’s inland fish stocks.

“Today’s announcement supports the Northern Strategic Plan for Labrador’ objective to increase the number of conservation officers through the Inland Fish Enforcement Program,” said the Honourable John Hickey, Minister of Labrador Affairs. “Protecting the fish habitat of Labrador has become more challenging with the opening of Phase III of the Trans Labrador Highway, resulting in ready access to the southern interior. With more people travelling and vacationing throughout Labrador, it is imperative that we continue working to safeguard this treasured natural resource.”

Generations of Labradorians have relied on healthy salmon, trout and Arctic char stocks for recreational and food fisheries. Sport fishing is also a critical component of Labrador’s tourism and outfitting industry, drawing people from around the world to fish each year. The latest available figures show that the 23 outfitting lodges in Labrador focusing on angling contributed over $16 million to the local economy, providing 130 full-time seasonal jobs. With proper stewardship, protection and support, these figures could rise substantially.

“The province’s enforcement measures through the IFE program have proven to be very successful, and our government has received a lot of positive feedback from conservation groups and anglers on the success of these efforts since the start of our investment in IFE in 2004,” added Minster Collins. “I applaud the hard work and dedication of our enforcement officers. Their collaborative efforts are no doubt having a positive impact on our fish stocks.”

The Inland Fish Enforcement Program was established by the Williams Government in 2004 to send a clear message that the province would act quickly and decisively to apprehend poachers and others who abuse this resource. Since then, the Provincial Government has invested approximately $13 million toward the protection of the province’s inland fish stocks.

For further information on Inland Fish Enforcement visit www.stoppoaching.ca.

Media contacts:

Jennifer Tulk
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
709-729-6985, 699-6524

John Tompkins
Director of Communications
Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
709-729-1674, 728-7762

Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement Program Efforts Proving Successful

August 24th, 2010

Recent operations by the Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement Program of the Department of Justice (IFE) have resulted in two significant seizures and the arrest of four individuals for allegedly netting salmon.

On August 22, 2010, IFE officers arrested two individuals for netting the Branch River, near the community of Branch, St. Mary’s Bay. Officers seized two all-terrain vehicles, 43 salmon, one net and a fly rod.

On August 13, 2010, two individuals were arrested by IFE officers for allegedly netting salmon in the Colliers Bay River near the communities of Normans Cove-Long Cove, Trinity Bay. Officers recovered five nets from the area during the operation.

So far this year, IFE officers have dealt with 286 violations and laid charges against 105 individuals for fish-related offences. In addition, officers have laid charges against 76 individuals for a range of wildlife, ATV and firearms violations.

As well, since January of this year, fines resulting from IFE operations exceed $25,000. Inland Fish Enforcement officers have taken 25 illegal nets from rivers and coastal waters, seized five boats and motors, three ATVs, one minivan and have confiscated 110 salmon and 53 trout since April.

The public are reminded that they can anonymously report suspected poaching activity 24 hours a day, toll-free at 1-877-820-0999. To view photos of seizures relating to recent operations or to learn more about Inland Fish Enforcement and how to help, visit www.stoppoaching.ca.


The Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement Program (IFE) is proving successful. On August 22, 2010, IFE officers arrested two individuals for netting the Branch River, near the community of Branch, St. Mary’s Bay. Officers seized two all-terrain vehicles, 43 salmon, one net and a fly rod.

Media contacts:

Jennifer Tulk
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
709-729-6985, 699-6524

Environment and Conservation

March 30th, 2010

Enhancements Made to Angling Regulations for 2010 Season

The Provincial Government has made improvements to its angling regulations, including the implementation of a new salmon tag. The changes are effective for the 2010 season.

“The enhancements we have made to angling regulations are important for our conservation and enforcement efforts within the province,” said the Honourable Charlene Johnson, Minister of Environment and Conservation. “The new salmon tag, in particular, will address issues that have been raised in the past by resident anglers, salmon conservation groups and enforcement agencies concerning misuse and tampering of salmon tags. The amendments will result in a better understanding of the rules for salmon angling and we hope they will also provide opportunities for more people to get involved in recreational angling.”

Concerns had been raised over issues such as “passing the rod,” whereby anglers may pass the fishing rod to other anglers so they can participate in “playing” the salmon that has been hooked; misuse and tampering of salmon angling tags; enforcement of river specific bags limits, such as coloured tag use; and, the definition of a family as it relates to operation of a family licence. The amendments were developed in consultation with user groups and enforcement agencies responsible for enforcing angling rules.

The new amendments will:
– Allow salmon anglers to pass the rod to other anglers so they may participate in “playing” the salmon; however, the individual who hooked the fish must tag it or release it back into the water. Licensed guides demonstrating angling techniques are also required to release any fish they hook, regardless of who “played” it;
– Allow the province to issue Variation Orders under the Wild Life Act that support the tag colour(s) and bag limit set out for a specific class of river. While these conditions aren’t new, the revisions address some enforcement and legal interpretation concerns that had been raised;
– Make it illegal to have in your possession, while angling or hunting, any altered or defaced tags; – Allow grandparents and their grandchildren and spouses to be named on a family licence, and;
– Expand the definition of a direct relative to include grandparents and grandchildren which will enhance the ability for non-residents to angle with direct family members without having to hire licensed guides.

“We are committed to the sustainable use and conservation of all wildlife resources in our province, including salmon,” said Minister Johnson. “Recreational salmon angling is an important activity for both resident and non-resident anglers. The improvements our government has made to angling regulations and the new tag system will allow a clearer understanding of the rules and is responsive to the interests of the majority of anglers within our province.”

The salmon angling season on the island of Newfoundland opens on June 1, 2010, and closes September 7, 2010. In Labrador the season opens on June 15, 2010, and closes September 15, 2010.

For more information on angling regulations, visit www.assembly.nl.ca/legislation/sr/annualregs/2010/nr100017.htm

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