Hefty fines dealt out in fishery cases

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Jason Howell of Old Perlican, Angela Anstey of Summerford and Ronald Coles of Embree all received fines last month for convictions on charges laid under the Fisheries Act during the stewardship cod and commercial crab fisheries in the province.

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According to a news release, Howell was fined $3,000 on Jan. 13 in provincial court for exceeding the maximum amount of cod permitted to be harvested and for failing to fully and accurately complete his fishing logbook.

In addition to the fine, Howell had to forfeit $639.82 proceeds of seized cod and 54 pounds of cod rounders.

Anstey was fined $1,500 on Jan. 14 for operating fishing gear with a vessel registration number other than that identified in the licence.

A forfeiture order was also issued for 2,481 pounds of crab, there will be VMS installed on the vessel for two years with 20 minute intervals reporting every hour, and Anstey will not be permitted to transfer the licence for two years.

Coles was fined $2,000 on Jan. 27 for fishing without a valid licence and for fishing with a vessel other than one identified in the licence.

Suspicious fishing activity or violations of fish habitat can be reported by contacting the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit www.nlcrimestoppers.com.



Organizations: Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Crime Stoppers

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  • Fisherman
    February 25, 2014 - 18:17

    Can't imagine this will help you sell papers when you use peoples names and all their family members see their relatives names from court. Were all these people fined because of conservation or DFO policy.