Environment Canada

Environment Canada

March 12, 2008 16:22 ET

Environment Canada: Winnipeg Company Charged under Federal Wildlife Legislation

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwire - March 12, 2008) - Environment Canada has laid fourteen charges against Jayson Daeninck and Saltwater Connection, of Winnipeg, for allegedly importing protected wildlife species from Indonesia without a permit, in contravention of Canada's Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act.

Ten of the charges stem from the alleged importation without a permit of approximately 9,508 kg (over 20,000 lbs) of live rock based on stony corals, as well as live species of giant clams, seahorses and stony corals. These species are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora and the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act is the Canadian legislation for enforcing the international rules in this country.

Four charges were laid for allegedly providing false or misleading information with respect to the imports, and for providing false or misleading statements to an officer.

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora is an international agreement that sets controls on the worldwide trade and movement of more than 33,000 animal and plant species that have been, or may be, threatened due to excessive commercial exploitation. The Convention uses an international permit system to ensure that trade in species listed under the Convention is legal.

First court appearance is set for April 7, 2008 in Provincial Court in Winnipeg.

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Contact Information

  • Environment Canada
    Prairie and Northern Region - Wildlife Enforcement Division
    Trevor Wyatt - Senior Wildlife Officer
    204-983-5263
    or
    Environment Canada
    Media Relations
    819-934-8008 or 1-888-908-8008
    www.ec.gc.ca