Fines issued for fishery offences involving salmon, cod and seals

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Christopher White of St. Brendan's, Bonavista Bay, was fined $3,000 recently in provincial court in Gander for netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters.
In addition to the fine, White is prohibited from being near inland and coastal waters for two years. Two gill nets, eight Atlantic salmon, one sea trout and a small wooden boat were forfeited by the court.
White was apprehended on July 19, 2009, after a surveillance operation conducted by fishery officers and guardians from the Clarenville detachment of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Todd Skiffington of Gambo was convicted of jigging Atlantic salmon in inland waters and fined $1,000. Skiffington is also prohibited from being within 15 metres of inland and coastal waters for one year. His fly rod, reel and one Atlantic salmon were forfeited by the court.
On Aug. 5, 2009 while on patrol near Mint Brook, a fishery guardian from the Clarenville detachment observed Skiffington jig and retain a salmon.
Ross Leshane of Upper Island Cove was convicted of jigging Atlantic salmon in inland waters and fined $1,000. Leshane is prohibited from being within 15 metres of inland and coastal waters for one year. His fly rod and reel were forfeited by the court. On July 31, 2009, while on patrol near Middle Brook, fishery guardians from the Clarenville detachment observed the infraction.
Kevin Blackwood of Greenspond was convicted of exceeding his daily quota of caplin and fined $1,000 at court in Gander. A review of the 2008 caplin fishery by fishery officers from the Clarenville detachment indicated that Blackwood landed 57,147 pounds of caplin which exceeds the amount specified in his licence conditions by 12,147 pounds.
Richard Elliot of Happy Adventure and Joseph Brett and Gordon Critchley of Eastport were convicted of federal fishery violations recently in Gander provincial court.
Elliot was fined $350 for hunting seals with firearms and ammunition that did not meet the minimum requirements. A .22 caliber rifle, 12-gauge shotgun and ammunition were forfeited by the court.
Brett was fined $1,000 for retaining an Atlantic salmon in coastal waters and forfeited his catch. Critchley was fined $500 for hunting seal without a licence.
On June 7, 2009 a fishery officer and fishery guardian from the Clarenville detachment observed the individuals hunting seals from a vessel near Newman Sound, Bonavista Bay.
At provincial court at Clarenville, Roland and Herman Slade of Arnold's Cove were convicted recently of fishing cod during a closed time. They were each fined $500.
On June 16, 2009, fishery officers from the Placentia detachment observed both individuals fishing for cod with a handline just outside Kingwell Harbour, Placentia Bay. When approached by the fishery officers, the men attempted to dispose of a bag of cod by dropping it into the water.
Anyone wishing to report suspicious fishing activities may do so by contacting their nearest DFO office or by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Clarenville, Atlantic, Gander Bonavista Bay Upper Island Cove Eastport Newman Sound Kingwell Harbour Placentia Bay

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  • David
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    We have seen the enemy, and it is us.

  • Marvin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    What about the bunch of idiots that fish in the water supply
    Have their dogs running amouck and taking leaks in it

  • Manny
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    DFO policies destroyed your fishery to begin with, now they are going to the extreme to stop petty infractions such as catching a cod for dinner. A sad state of affairs in NL.

  • David
    July 01, 2010 - 20:23

    We have seen the enemy, and it is us.

  • Marvin
    July 01, 2010 - 19:50

    What about the bunch of idiots that fish in the water supply
    Have their dogs running amouck and taking leaks in it

  • Manny
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    DFO policies destroyed your fishery to begin with, now they are going to the extreme to stop petty infractions such as catching a cod for dinner. A sad state of affairs in NL.