Commercial fish harvester convicted and fined a record $6,325 for fishing with a long gillnet



    PORT ALBERNI, BC, Jan. 8 /CNW/ - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
announced today that Mackenzie Matheson of North Vancouver was fined a record
$6,325 after pleading guilty to fishing with a long gillnet.
    On September 5, 2007, fishery officers aboard the Canadian Coast Guard
Cutter Atlin Post observed the commercial salmon gillnet vessel Deductible
fishing with a long net in Alberni Inlet contrary to Mr. Matheson's licence
conditions. The net was subsequently seized and the vessel had to cease
fishing.
    Recently, in Port Alberni provincial court, Mr. Matheson appeared and
pled guilty to fishing contrary to his licence. He was ordered to pay a fine
in the amount of $6,325, which he was given until March 20, 2008, to pay.
    During the investigation, the net was found to be 263.5 metres long, or
44% over the allowed length. The maximum net length for nets in this
commercial fishery is 183 metres.
    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: Kirsten Ruecker, Communications Advisor,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region, (604) 666-2872

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