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

Steve Sharratt comment@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on February 22, 2016

Halibut fishing boat

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.