Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

February 18, 2010 16:00 ET

Delta Recreational Anglers Fined for Fishing Whitefish With Barbed Hooks

SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Feb. 18, 2010) - Two recreational anglers from Delta were fined after pleading guilty in Surrey Provincial Court to fishing whitefish using barbed hooks, an offence under the Fisheries Act.

Ji Fen Li and Chiang Wang appeared before the Honourable Judge Gurmail Gill December 1, 2009. Mr. Wang was also charged with possessing fish in excess of the quota amount allowed under the conditions of his fishing licence. Each man was fined $1,000, with the monies directed to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) to support education and study.

On September 5, 2009, DFO fishery officers were on patrol along the Fraser River in Delta, British Columbia. Many recreational anglers were actively fishing at the time. When the officers observed a group of three men fishing at some distance from other anglers, they investigated and discovered that two of the men were fishing for whitefish (a small fin fish) with barbed hooks, failing to comply with the conditions of their licence. They also discovered that Mr. Wang was in possession of 49 fish, more than double the daily quota outlined in the B.C. sports fishing regulations. Mr. Wang was allowed to keep 20 fish, the legal limit, and returned 29 live fish to the water.

It is the responsibility of all recreational anglers to know the regulations for the type of fishing activity they plan to undertake. Recreational fishing regulations for saltwater species and freshwater salmon are outlined in the DFO publication, the British Columbia Sport Fishing Guide, which is available for no cost at all licensed sport fishing vendor locations and online at http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/rec/SFG-GPS-eng.htm.

DFO acts to end illegal fishing activities. As part of this work, the Department asks the general public for information on activities of this nature or any contravention of the Fisheries Act and Regulations. Anyone with information can call the toll-free reporting line at 1-800-465-4336.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region
    Leri Davies
    Strategic Media Relations Advisor
    604-666-8675 or cell: 604-612-6837
    www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca