Maurice Noonan, a fisherman from Bay de Verde, was fined $40,500 last month for snow crab fishing violations committed during the 2008 and 2010 fishing seasons.
Scales of justice
The fine was handed down in provincial court in Harbour Grace on Dec. 10.
A news release by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) states that, in both years, Noonan misreported information in his fishing logbooks and exceeded his maximum allowable catch for snow crab.
In addition to the fine, the judge placed Noonan on probation for two years and prohibited him from fishing during the first month of the 2014 snow crab fishery.
As well, Noonan is required to report his fishing position every 15 minutes for the next five years. One hour is the standard frequency for reporting fishing location using a Vessel Monitoring System.
Noonan was also ordered to carry out 25 hours of community service.
An investigation by DFO fishery officers identified the false information as part ofOperation Gearshift, a real-time retrospective review of fishing activity in the snow crab and northern shrimp fisheries. T
he Operation Gearshift investigation has resulted in convictions of dozens of fishermen, with the total amount of penalties exceeding $1 million.
A breakdown of Noonan's offences and fines are:
‚ÄĘ Noonan was convicted and sentenced on two charges during the 2008 snow crab fishery:failing to fully and accurately complete the Fisheries and Oceans Canada fishing logbook during the 2008 snow crab fishery. Penalty: $9,500; and exceeding the maximum allowable catch in crab fishing area 3L (3L-200). Penalty: $9,000.
‚ÄĘ Noonan was convicted and sentenced on two charges during the 2010 snow crab fishery: failing to fully and accurately complete the Fisheries and Oceans Canada fishing logbook during the 2010 snow crab fishery. Penalty: $11,000; and exceeding the maximum allowable catch in crab fishing area 3L (MS-EX). Penalty: $11,000.