MASSET, BC, June 4 /CNW/ - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) announced
today that its enforcement activities have led to the conviction of a
Vancouver Island commercial salmon fisher who was fined $5,000 for illegal
Jay A. Gold of Victoria, B.C., was found guilty of violating the
conditions of his commercial licence on June 15, 2007. Fishery officers
boarded the vessel Miss Venus near La Perouse Reef on the northwest corner of
Graham Island and discovered that Mr. Gold was using prohibited barbed hooks
to catch chinook salmon.
On March 12, 2008, in Masset Provincial Court, Mr. Gold was fined a total
of $5,000, of which $4,900 will go towards salmon enhancement. This is Mr.
Gold's second conviction for the same offence under the Fisheries Act.
In order to allow fishing in areas where coho and chinook stocks of
concern may be encountered, DFO implements catch and release harvest
operations. Measures include a requirement that harvester use barbless hooks
to ensure that stocks of concern are released in the best possible condition.
DFO acts to end illegal fishing activity. As part of this work, the
Department is asking the general public for information on activities of this
nature or any contravention of the Fisheries Act and Regulations. Anyone with
information can call the toll-free violation reporting line at 1-800-465-4336.
For further information:
For further information: Lara Sloan, Communications Advisor, Fisheries
and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region, (604) 666-0903