Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 26, 2016 13:00 ET

Commercial Fisher Scott Steer Remains in Jail for Failing to Comply With a Court Order Related to Repeat Fisheries Act Violations

Fishing vessel Holly V also seized

NANAIMO, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - May 26, 2016) - On April 10, 2016, fishery officers effected an at-sea arrest of commercial crab fisher Scott Steer for failing to comply with a Court Order banning him from being on any vessel other than B.C. Ferries. Prior to the arrest, Mr. Steer had been on bail conditions that included the vessel ban, a nightly curfew, and a prohibition from possessing any type of fishing gear or paraphernalia. On April 21, 2016, the Honourable Judge Justine Saunders sentenced him to 21 days jail for breaching this Court Order.

This is the third jail term for Mr. Steer; the Honourable Judge Jeanne Harvey in Victoria Provincial Court previously sentenced him on October 8, 2015 to 4 months incarceration. The 2015 sentence relates to illegal activity conducted in September 2013. In addition to that 4-month jail term, Mr. Steer forfeited fishing items and $6,400 in proceeds from the sale of illegal crab. In Nanaimo Provincial Court on November 26, 2013, the Honourable Judge Gouge sentenced Mr. Steer to 6 months incarceration for various fisheries violations.

After the recent jail sentence was imposed, Mr. Steer appeared before the Honourable Judge Lamperson on outstanding Warrants. In light of Mr. Steer's poor compliance record with court orders, he was detained in custody.

Mr. Steer's next Court appearances for various violations are in Victoria on June 21, 2016, in Campbell River on August 18, 2016, and in Surrey September 6 through 16, 2016.

Illegal fishing of this nature is a grave offence and Fisheries and Oceans Canada expends considerable effort to mount surveillance, and subsequent investigations are costly and can be lengthy. The Department regards compliance with the Fisheries Act, fishing prohibitions, and court orders as a serious matter.

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.

Associated Links

• Commercial crab fishing in the Pacific Region: http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/fm-gp/commercial/shellfish-mollusques/crab-crabe/index-eng.html

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Contact Information

  • Leri Davies
    Strategic Media Relations Advisor
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region,
    (604) 666-8675
    Cell: 604-612-6837