Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Quebec Region

October 28, 2011 17:26 ET

Major Convictions Under the Fisheries Act

QUEBEC CITY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2011) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada today announced major convictions under the Fisheries Act. Pierre Haché and Luc Haché, of New Brunswick, were fined a total of roughly $233,000 at the Gaspé courthouse for various offences.

Both offenders pleaded guilty. Justice Lucie Morissette of the Court of Quebec fined Pierre Haché $228,901 for fishing turbot without a licence, including $32,901 in seized fish. Luc Haché was fined $4,000 for providing the Department with false information in his logbooks and daily reports.

The offences were committed in 2007 and 2008 aboard the Mylène H. The offenders were fishing turbot without a licence in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The fish was seized when the offenders were intercepted by fisheries officers.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a mandate to protect and conserve marine resources and prosecute offenders under the Fisheries Act. To report a poacher, dial 1-800-463-9057. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

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