Man arrested after salmon, cod seized

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A man was arrested June 18 for violating Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries Regulations after wildlife officers seized eight salmon, a cod fish, a net, and a boat and motor in the Conche area of the Northern Peninsula.

The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.

According to a news release, a team of officers initiated an investigation following complaints from the general public of commercialized salmon poaching in the Conche area. With the assistance of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the RCMP, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division set up surveillance in the region resulting in the arrest.

To report poaching activity, people can call 24-hours a day, toll-free to either Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or Fish and Wildlife Enforcement at 1-877-820-0999. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at or


Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, RCMP, Wildlife Enforcement Division Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Conche

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  • Mae
    June 27, 2013 - 22:05

    DH who are u to loose your sport fishery anymore than the fisherman of NL. Why should someone go to jail for a year for poaching,is that how are tax $ should be spent & a drunk driver who killed an innocent person serve less time as we have all seen on the news ,get a life! My question what do they do with those salmon?i am willing to bet they seen the frying pan.

  • Buster Garvick
    June 27, 2013 - 20:52

    To jail with poaching scum...

  • Casey
    June 27, 2013 - 18:44

    It is sad really what our wonderful federal government has done to outport NL. The Cod stocks have been mismanaged almost to the brink and basically the salmon resource has been ripped from the people of the outports for a pittance. For a civilise country to treat the people who brought this resource into confederation is sickening to say the least. I don't condone breaking the law but these people need a break just to survive. There should be at least a limited commercial salmon fishery and thereneeds to be discussion about Ottawa's plan for outport NL when the cod stocks are healthy. Yet many of our own people are ready to turn their back on rural NL. Try putting yourself in their shoes and see how you would feel about having your way of life and livelihood taken away from you.

    June 27, 2013 - 07:13

    DUFFY & DH, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD TAKE AWAY YOUR ONLY MEANS TO MAKE A LIVING...Keep in mind that charges are pending....... I'M CERTAIN THAT THE PEOPLE THAT ARE POACHING ARE NOT GETTING RICH ON WHAT THEY CATCH...and most are feeding their families and not making a living off of it!!! Fishing communities on the Northern Penninsula has seen most of its fisherman leave their homes where they fished the waters and made a half decengt living to go to other places far away from HOME to seek employment. Do you really think we should put this person in jail for a year-when others are getting away with child abuse, rape, dealing drugs, driving while impaired....I could go on...Have a great day!

    • david
      June 27, 2013 - 17:28

      The level of discourse, the powerful debating skill....Newfoundland truly is a place to be admired and envied.

  • Angler
    June 27, 2013 - 00:53

    DH, you think this is great news! Like the cod fish they should let them fish for one or two salmon. I don't give much for those that break the law and I'm sure there are anglers who break the law? Likely this guy was greedy and like a few angler that never get caught someday you will. The guys who got caught for porn will likely get less than this guy will get and that is what's the shame. If we protected our cod like we protect our children we would have some..

  • meme
    June 26, 2013 - 20:13

    Yes take everything from someone feeding their family but leave drunk drivers and the people selling drugs on the street!!! Get real!!!

  • Duffy
    June 26, 2013 - 18:14

    Does not make any difference because some Judge will give him a small fine and give his boat back. What should happen to end this activity is put them in jail a year or so and take everything!

  • DH
    June 26, 2013 - 17:48

    This is great news! As an angler I appreciate all the hard work our enforcement are doing, I think we need more actually. Atlantic salmon stocks are dwindling and people like this need to be punished to the full extent of the law. My father turned me onto salmon fishing as a young boy and it is something I enjoy very much. If these poachers continue, I fear one day; and that day could be very soon that the recreational salmon fishery could be shut down. What a disaster that would be. Anglers in New Brunswick have been asked to release all their catches this year and I encourage people of this province to do the same.

  • david
    June 26, 2013 - 17:32

    The Tragedy of the Commons, in glowing Technicolor for your entertainment pleasure.

  • Really?
    June 26, 2013 - 15:57

    This is get caught selling drugs and you get house arrest, get to keep the many vehicles that you have that you used to transport the drugs, yet you catch a fish and get everything taken. Disgusting...