Fisherman on P.E.I. fined for having too much halibut

Steve Sharratt
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Barry Joseph Creed fined over $1,400 in a rare case of exceeding an allowable limit by 24.7 kg (59 pounds)

GEORGETOWN – A Kings County fisherman who said he failed to make the correct conversion in fish weight was fined over $1,400 in a rare case of exceeding an allowable limit of halibut.

The charge was laid July 24 when Barry Joseph Creed was landing his boat Sandra’s Choice in Graham’s Pond harbour.

A fisheries officer found a gutted halibut covered on board and checked the fishermen’s take of halibut from days earlier with a dockside monitor. It was discovered that Creed was in possession of more halibut than allowed as his limit.

“I made a mistake in the conversion,’’ said Creed who pleaded guilty.

Chief Judge Nancy Orr was told the fisherman, his first time in court for such a charge, had exceeded his limit by 24.7 kg or 59 pounds.

Geographic location: GEORGETOWN, Kings

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  • FISHERMAN 2
    February 23, 2016 - 12:28

    Wouldn't it make more since to take the 59 pounds off his next years quota than drag this through the courts. We don't carry weights to weight our fish it wouldn't be accurate anyway because of ice and water weight. Guess someone was justifying their existence.

  • Lobster fisher
    February 23, 2016 - 06:49

    A prime example of our local lobster advisory lol. What a joke!

    • I AGREE
      February 25, 2016 - 09:46

      GREED

  • Nuts
    February 23, 2016 - 06:44

    This is crazy. 59 lbs over quota! Sad state when NS is taking in 20,000 lbs boat loads of Halibut and a Islander has a quota of 300 lbs per boat and was over 59 lbs.

  • lobster Pogey Beach
    February 23, 2016 - 00:06

    That's nothing compared to the income tax free sale of Scallops and Lobster while drawing summer fishing EI . The CRA and DFO seem to ignore the rampant tax avoidance .They have no idea how much is actually sold off the tax books Boat log books mean nothing on lobster boats same as scallop logs they are all fake !!! Even the Corks hour's are fake put down as 60 or 70 hr's a week to increase EI claims and fool the paperwork .