Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

September 13, 2012 16:11 ET

British Yukon Railway Fined $100,000 for Violating Fisheries Act

WHITEHORSE, YUKON--(Marketwire - Sept. 13, 2012) - British Yukon Railway Company Limited, also known as White Pass and Yukon Route Railway, was fined $100,000 in Yukon Territorial Court on September 12, 2012 for violating section 36 (3) of the Fisheries Act. The fine follows a guilty plea to the charge by the company in June of this year.

In July 2009, the company was charged for unlawfully depositing a deleterious substance in water inhabited by fish. The violation occurred near Bennett Lake in the Yukon Territory and British Columbia and was observed by a Fishery Officer from Fisheries and Oceans Canada during a routine boat patrol.

Of the $100,000 fine, the court directed that British Yukon Railway pay $99,000 to be used for projects promoting the conservation and protection of fisheries and the habitat on which they rely in Bennett Lake and the surrounding area.

The infilling and deposit of fill material, particularly sediment, in Bennett Lake affects fish that support active First Nations, commercial, and recreational fisheries in the area.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to the conservation and protection of northern fish stocks and fish habitat through public awareness, regulations, partnerships and, where necessary, enforcement action.

For broadcast: British Yukon Railway Company was fined $100,000 in Yukon Territorial Court on September 12, 2012 for violating the Fisheries Act for unlawful deposit of a deleterious substance into waters inhabited by fish. The Court directed that the fine be used for projects promoting the conservation and protection of fisheries and the habitat on which they rely in Bennett Lake and the surrounding area. Charges were laid against the company in 2009 after a Fishery Officer with Fisheries and Oceans Canada observed the offence while conducting a routine boat patrol.

If you see damage to fish or fish habitat, call the Observe, Record and Report line at 1-800-465-4336.

Contact Information

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Communications, Pacific Region
    604-666-1746

    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    613-992-3474
    www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca