Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

December 22, 2014 14:21 ET

Dawson City Resident Fined $5,000 for Illegally Selling Chinook

Harvester Also Prohibited From Fishing in the Yukon River for 18 Months

DAWSON CITY, YUKON TERRITORY--(Marketwired - Dec. 22, 2014) - A Dawson City fish harvester has been fined $5,000 for selling fish not caught and retained under the authority of an appropriate license. Debbie Lyn Nagano pleaded guilty on November 6 in Dawson City Provincial Court. In addition to the fine, Her Honour Madam K. Ruddy placed Nagano on probation for one year, and ordered reparations and several fishing restrictions.

In August 2011, fishery officers discovered that Ms Nagano, a member of the First Nation, was selling fish and smoked chinook fish in Dawson City. Due to conservation concerns, no commercial fisheries targeting chinook salmon were allowed in 2011 in the Canadian and American portions of the Yukon River. Closures were implemented in the commercial and recreational fisheries to allow for sufficient spawning escapement for healthy runs in the future, and to allow for a First Nations' subsistence harvest.

Quick Facts

  • The Court directed that $2,000 of the $5,000 fine be used for salmon enhancement projects taking place in and around the Yukon Territory.
  • Ms. Nagano was ordered to make five pairs of traditional fur mitts and five traditional fur hats, an estimated total value of $2,500, and donate them to the Trondëk Hwëch'in Justice program.
  • Ms. Nagano is subject to several probation requirements for a year, including regularly checking in with a probation officer.
  • Fishing restrictions were placed on Ms. Nagano for a period of 18 months, restricting her from fishing in the Yukon River, using a fishwheel or set nets, fishing for chinook salmon and possessing any chinook salmon.

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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