Tuna fisherman fined $1,500 for using barbed hooks, other infractions

Steve Sharratt
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FILE PHOTO: Tuna at Northport harbour.

GEORGETOWN - A tuna fisherman who failed to hail got off to a rocky start this year when he was boarded on the water and charged with two offenses by the federal department of Fisheries.

Kevin Tyler MacLeod of Commercial Road was charged for two infractions that did not comply with the regulations of his license and pled guilty to both.

He was fined a total of $1,500.

He was charged on Sept. 23 when a fisheries officer found him using barbed hooks during a charter.

Court was told he was running a catch and release charter and had two customers on board and all four lines were using illegal barbed hooks.

He was also charged that during 11 different September outings on board his vessel Cat’s Sass he failed to “hail” the department of Fisheries.

That means he failed to give at least a 10-hour prior notice to officers that he would be on the sea fishing.

MacLeod did hail his trips, but not within the prescribed amount of time.

Judge Nancy Orr was advised it was MacLeod’s first year in the tuna industry and agreed to a joint fine payment of $750 for each infraction.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries

Geographic location: GEORGETOWN, Commercial Road

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  • Big mouth Donnie
    December 19, 2015 - 17:04

    Cut off this guy's sales based fishing EI for five years . Lie's about anything to do with fishing methods are nothing compared to the rampant sale of income tax free lobster and scallops !!!

  • Blue fin
    December 18, 2015 - 15:00

    As a tuna fisherman I am disgusted, these fines are weak..remember all the tuna washing up ashore recently. Hmm I wonder why....this charter business should have their license taken away. I'm sure there's lots of fisherman who will stand by me in this opinion

    • Just Sayin
      December 19, 2015 - 10:42

      Yes, I'm sure the fishermen will stand up, in the coffee shops around the province, and oh yeah, in the Legions too. The reason fishing is going the way it has is because there is no one to stand up for the fisheries, including fishers and their associations. The reason NS and NB get more done is because they stand up for their rights and have strong representation on their associations. PEI has to change the way they do business and elect a stronger board at their association. Too long they have had weak reps. at the association level.

    December 18, 2015 - 10:33

    In keeping what the DFO has done to other fishermen lately, this guy should lose his charter license. There is absolutely no excuse for doing what he has done . A western fisherman gets a $3000. fine for having 38 lbs. of halibut over his quota while NB fishermen go over their total quota by 10 tonne and PEI is under by 8 tonne, and an Eastern fisher is charged $500 for buying $30 of herring bait at sea.If the DFO is so interested in protecting tuna stalks then he should be taken off the water. Any tuna that he catches and releases with a barbed hook will not survive.Further, by not hailing out and using barbed hooks he is blatantly breaking the laws and should have his license revoked . This is not the first time this guy has been fishing, even if he is new at chartering. The penalty for what he did should be the loss of his charter license immediately .

    • Rob
      December 18, 2015 - 14:21

      Agree, He knew he was breaking the laws. People like this ruin it for the good guys