Nova Scotia fisherman fined for illegal fishing activity off Newfoundland

Published on April 24, 2014

Joel Goodwin of Yarmouth, N.S., was fined $4,500 for misreporting fishing activity and exceeding the whelk pot limit during the 2013 whelk fishery off the south coast of Newfoundland, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) announced today.

Goodwin was convicted on March 19 in Grand Bank provincial court.

In addition to the fine, a vessel monitoring system (VMS) has to be installed on any vessel operated by Goodwin for one year with 15 minute interval reporting. The DFO standard reporting interval for VMS is hourly.

Suspicious fishing activity or violations of fish habitat can be reported by contacting the nearest DFO office or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or