Fish harvester fined for illegal possession of Northern Abalone

    RICHMOND, BC, Aug. 11 /CNW/ - An investigation conducted by Fisheries and
Oceans Canada has resulted in a conviction and $7,000 fine against a Vancouver
resident for illegal possession of Northern Abalone, which is listed as
threatened under the Species at Risk Act. Sentencing was handed down in
Richmond Provincial Court on April 24, 2008.
    Loan Thi Dinh was convicted of illegal possession of 32 Abalone, fined
$7,000, to be paid within one year, and ordered to forfeit the illegally
harvested Abalone to the Crown.
    DFO's investigation began on April 29, 2006, when a DFO fishery officer
was informed by Air Canada staff in Prince Rupert that a woman could be
transporting Abalone from Prince Rupert on an Air Canada flight to Vancouver
International Airport. When the plane arrived in Vancouver, two DFO fishery
officers, aided by an RCMP officer, conducted an inspection of Ms. Dinh's
luggage and concluded that she had transported 32 Abalone on the flight. Ms.
Dinh was immediately charged with illegally possessing the fish.

    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: Hannah R. Mahoney, Communications Advisor,   
Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Region, (604) 666-7120

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