DFO fines Prince Edward Island fishermen $29,500

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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.

Organizations: Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Geographic location: Prince Edward Island, Murray Harbour

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  • ajax
    January 03, 2014 - 07:38

    The fines should be much higher.

  • These Are Fishermen
    January 02, 2014 - 19:40

    These are fishermen breaking their own law's . They should lose their right to fish PERIOD . That precious piece of paper that is worth $200,000 + should be retired as the penalty for being so greedy. Cheap way to send message & also reduce number of traps in water . Marvel idea I think .

  • Cry me a river
    January 02, 2014 - 18:22

    That's only a couple of weeks of full pogey.... Mabeye sell your pool or trailer or tractor and blower that you claimed to lower traps into your boat or heated garage to build your traps in... Karma..............

  • Keith Macdonald
    January 02, 2014 - 14:30

    Fella trying to make his payments ... Worse things going in in this world

    • Really?
      January 02, 2014 - 17:35

      Really? Just trying to make a payment? Rules are rules and laws are laws. Obey them! The rest of us have to..