Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

May 22, 2013 15:33 ET

Fines Handed Out for Failure to Comply With a Court Order

BLIND RIVER, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - May 22, 2013) - William Jesse Sutherland of Midland Ontario, has been fined a total of $22,500 for failure to comply with a court order under section 79(6) of the Fisheries Act.

A $7,500 fine was handed down for each of three counts under the Act. The charges were related to a court order on an earlier conviction under Section 35(1) of the Fisheries Act, relating to the "harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat." When Mr. Sutherland failed to meet the conditions of the court order, the Crown moved forward with additional charges related to failure to comply.

The original offence occurred on an unnamed watercourse immediately upstream of Little Lake in the Township of Striker, northeast of Blind River, Ontario. In the summer of 2002, Sutherland was investigated for installing a culvert in the watercourse and placing fill material in the watercourse and adjacent wetland. The area covered by the infill is approximately 240 square metres.

The habitat that was lost was excellent spawning, nursery and feeding grounds for fish species including pike, small mouth bass, sunfish, perch and brown bullhead.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada is committed to the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat through public awareness, regulations, partnerships and, where necessary, enforcement action. Prior to undertaking any work in or around water, members of the public are encouraged by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to ensure they have all the necessary permits, approvals and authorizations from municipal, provincial and federal agencies and authorities.

For broadcast: $22,500 in fines was handed out to a Midland, Ontario man for three counts of failure to comply with a court order. William Jesse Sutherland was convicted on May 16, 2013 after he failed to meet the conditions of a court order resulting from a previous Fisheries Act conviction for destroying sensitive fish habitat on a stream near Blind River, Ontario.

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Contact Information

  • Frank Stanek
    Media Relations
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    Ottawa
    613-990-7537

    Barbara Mottram
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister
    Fisheries and Oceans Canada
    613-992-3474