Fishermen fined total of more than $24,000 for snow crab fishery violations

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Three Twillingate fishermen received fines totalling more than $24,000 on charges laid during the 2013 crab fishery.

The charges include failing to fully and accurately complete their fishing logs and exceeding the crab pot limit during the 2013 snow crab fishery.

Gary Stuckless, Roger Legge and Elvis Pelley were convicted on March 3 in provincial court in Gander.

 Stuckless was convicted of failing to fully and accurately complete his fishing log on a daily basis and exceeding the crab pot limit. He was fined $7,000 and ordered to pay $1,400 representing the value of crab that was illegally caught and sold.

A vessel monitoring system (VMS) has to be installed on his vessel for three years with 20 minute interval reporting.

Vessels from this fleet/licence category do not normally carry VMS. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans’ standard reporting interval for VMS is hourly.

Legge was convicted of failing to fully and accurately complete his fishing log on a daily basis and exceeding the crab pot limit. He was also fined $7,000 and ordered to pay $1,400 representing the value of crab that was illegally caught and sold.

A vessel monitoring system (VMS) has to be installed on his vessel for three years with 20 minute interval reporting.

Pelley was convicted of failing to fully and accurately complete his fishing log on a daily basis and exceeding the crab pot limit. He was fined $4,000 and ordered to forfeit 1,913 pounds of snow crab valued at $3,500.79.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

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  • Cashin Delaney
    April 08, 2014 - 03:50

    This is justice from the crowd in fisheries who have let the Manolis L sit on bottom since the year the RMS Titanic was located. As far as I know, or the civil swervants handing out fines, these guys are native to the area, and the Magna Carta ensures their right to fish. Too bad they killed all the Beothuks and are now unimportant to any aboriginal groups as well as Britian. Canada can do what they like with them, and the provincial government is just a toothless wonder; as in a wonder why the useless body still exists. Maybe if they were Cold Water Cowboys, we could vote for their fines to be reduced? Ok, I've had my say: SCAPEGOAT THEM AT YOUR PLEASURE. These men are evil....