Fogo Island men convicted for fisheries violations

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Two men from the Fogo Island community of Stag Harbour, convicted for illegally fishing Atlantic salmon, are also prohibited from being on coastal waters.

According to a Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) news release, Perry Coish and Gilbert James Cull were convicted March 5 for fishing outside the permitted season to catch the species. Coish was also convicted for obstructing a fisheries officer.

In addition to the two-year prohibition orders, Coish was forced to forfeit several items, including a salmon net and seven fish, and must pay at $3,500 fine. Cull was fined $2,500.

DFO is asking anyone who notices suspicious fishing activity to contact a local Fisheries and Oceans Canada office or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) and www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Fogo Island

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