Scales of justice
Fishing violations will prove costly for six Island fishermen after Fisheries and Oceans Canada fined them a total of $29,500 in November.
In a news release, DFO said the violations included fishing in closed areas, using traps that didn't have valid tags and fishing without a licence.
Tignish fisherman Wade Jos Gavin's $10,000 fine was the biggest after he pleaded to unlawfully fishing for lobster during a closed time.
Richard Bruce Gormley of Murray Harbour pleaded guilty to using traps that didn't have valid tags while fishing near Pictou Island, N.S.
Gormley was fined $9,000, his catch, which was valued at $2,000, was confiscated and he received a one-week suspension for the start of the 2014 lobster season.
Blake Joseph Harper of Elmsdale was fined $4,000, Donald Jos Harper of Tignish was fined $3,250 and Ben Joseph Gaudet of Tignish was fined $2,000, all for fishing lobster during a closed time.
Andrew Williams of Richmond was fined $1,250 for fishing rock crab without a licence and without a vessel.