VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - April 24, 2014) - The owners of a Kingsway seafood store pled guilty on Monday, February 17, 2014, in Vancouver Provincial Court, to contraventions of the Fisheries Act. The Honourable Judge William Kitchen ordered Yat Ming Enterprises Ltd. to pay a fine of $12,000 and directed that $11,900 of that amount be used for the conservation and protection of fish and fish habitat in B.C.
During a routine inspection in July 2013, Conservation and Protection fishery officers from Fisheries and Oceans Canada discovered a significant number of undersized dungeness crab in the store's live holding tanks. It is illegal to possess crabs measuring less than 165mm.
- Harvesting undersize crabs is illegal, as is buying, selling or possessing them.
- To protect crab stocks, harvesters are required to return female and undersized dungeness crabs immediately to the water.
- Fishery officers make routine inspections of restaurants and outlets that sell seafood to promote and maintain compliance with legislation, regulations, and management measures.
- These measures are implemented to achieve the conservation and sustainable use of Canada's aquatic resources, and the protection of species at risk, fish habitat, and oceans.
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.
- When harvesting crabs, fishers can only catch males that are large enough to have mated at least twice and measure at least 165 mm in width, as measured in a straight line through the widest part of the carapace (shell) from outside the points. For more information on regulations around harvesting crab, visit - http://www.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/publications/pdfs/Crab_english.pdf.
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