Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

May 25, 2016 11:06 ET

Convictions Under the Fisheries Act, Gaspe Area

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - May 25, 2016) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, has released a list of fishers fined in April, 2016, for various offences under the Fisheries Act.

The fines imposed on the offenders total $7,050. One fisher also had his entire snow crab catch seized (a $2,850 value). The offenders are:

Name and place of residence Offence Species Fine Date of conviction
Bertrand Pagé
Permitting another fisher to use his vessel without authorization from the Department during the lobster fishery. Possession of lobsters caught in contravention of the Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985, in violation of section 33 of the Fisheries Act. lobster $1,000 2016-04-21
Simon-Pierre Pagé
Possession of claws separated from the lobster's thorax or shell. lobster $500 2016-04-21
Richard Desbois
Harvesting snow crab using traps outfitted with a non-compliant biodegradable escape mechanism. snow crab $500 2016-04-19
Marc Diotte
Harvesting snow crab within a closed grid of a fishing area. snow crab $2,000 2016-04-19
Michel Syvrais
Harvesting snow crab within a closed grid of a fishing area. Failure to keep an updated and truthful report of fishing activities and catches in his logbook. snow crab $2,750 + confiscation of snow crab catch, at a $2,850 value. 2016-04-19
Michel Laflamme
Exceeding the authorized daily catch and possession quota for cod during the recreational groundfish fishery. cod $300 2016-04-05

Fisheries and Oceans Canada encourages the public to report poaching incidents by using the online form or calling 1-800-463-9057. All reports are confidential.

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 education and awareness activities.

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