NORTH VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - March 20, 2014) - On Friday, January 24, 2014, a North Shore company, 1932 Investments Limited, pled guilty to a serious offense against the Fisheries Act in North Vancouver Provincial Court. Smithers Enterprises Inc. was convicted of a related offence on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in the same court.
The Honourable Judge John Milne ordered 1932 Investments Limited to pay a penalty of $64,500 to the Environmental Damages Fund to promote the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat around the West Vancouver shoreline of Burrard Inlet and Howe Sound. Smithers Enterprises Inc., the contractor that undertook the work, was also ordered to pay $49,500, which will go toward the same fund. The convictions, which also include a $500 fine for each company, stem from work done between March and May of 2011 on three West Vancouver waterfront properties.
- Expansion of a breakwater and work on the foreshore of three waterfront properties along Marine Drive facing Howe Sound near Pitcairn Place resulted in the loss of fish habitat.
- Both companies pled guilty to failing to comply with an Inspector's Direction from Fisheries and Oceans Canada between March 15 and May 19, 2011 and admitted to depositing a deleterious substance into fish habitat.
- Despite concerns expressed by Fisheries and Oceans Canada habitat biologists and fishery officers who inspected the breakwater work site, operations continued, which directly resulted in the harmful alteration of fish habitat and the deposit of deleterious substances into the ocean.
The Government of Canada is committed to safeguarding the long-term health and productivity of Canada's fisheries resources, and the habitat that supports them, for generations to come. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a mandate to protect and conserve marine resources and to prosecute offenders under the Fisheries Act. It ensures and promotes compliance with the Act and other laws and regulations through a combination of land, air, and sea patrols, as well as education and awareness activities. As part of Fisheries and Oceans Canada's work to end illegal activity, the Department asks the 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 violation reporting line at 1-800-465-4336.
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