Commercial crab harvester fined $7,000 for illegally harvesting Dungeness crab - license suspended for one year

    SURREY, BC, Aug. 27 /CNW/ - An investigation carried out by Fisheries and
Oceans Canada has resulted in a conviction, $7,000 fine and a one-year licence
suspension for a Surrey, B.C., man who engaged in illegal crab fishing
    Mr. Dinh Ly Hoang was convicted on June 5, 2008, in Surrey Provincial
Court, of two offences contrary to the Fisheries Act: catching and retaining
Dungeness crab that were less than 165mm in width, and failing to return the
undersized crab to the place from which they were taken.
    On August 9, 2007, fishery officers conducted a licence inspection of the
vessel CEE GEE 1 off Roberts Bank in the Strait of Georgia. During the
inspection, the officers observed that 326 of the 688 Dungeness crab on board
were female or less than 165 mm in width, a direct violation of commercial
crab licence conditions.
    In a subsequent inspection conducted on August 23, as the vessel CEE GEE
1 was returning to port in Steveston Harbour, fishery officers observed that a
significant number of the Dungeness crab on board were female or undersized.
    After pleading guilty in court, Mr. Hoang was fined $7,000, to be paid to
the Receiver General of Canada, and had his crab fishing licence suspended for
a period of one year.
    The court ordered that the fine be used for promoting education, proper
management and control of the crab fishery and crab habitat, as well as for
the purpose of shellfish study, enhancement and management in fisheries areas
I and J.
    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: Carrie Mishima, Communications Advisor,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada - Pacific Region, (604) 666-0392

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