PRINCE RUPERT, BC, March 11 /CNW/ - Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO)
announced today that two Area A crab harvesters have been convicted of
fisheries offences and fined in two separate cases.
Mr. Bjorn A. Johnson of Prince Rupert was fined $1,000 in Prince Rupert
provincial court after pleading guilty to violating the conditions of his
licence by failing to use proper rot cord to secure the hinged lid of his crab
traps. This condition is mandatory to prevent crab from being killed in traps
that are lost or abandoned. The rot cord will disintegrate and release tension
on the lid of the trap, allowing crab to escape. Mr. Johnson was fined $100
and ordered to pay an additional $900 in support of efforts to promote the
proper management and conservation of crab habitat and the crab fishery.
In a separate incident, Mr. Hien Van Truong of Prince Rupert was fined
$1,500 after pleading guilty to failing to fish his gear as required by the
fishery regulations within the mandatory 18-day limit. All crab traps must be
fished at least once in an 18-day period in order to prevent possible damage
to the crab resource. Mr. Van Truong was fined $100 and ordered to pay an
additional $1,400 in support of efforts to promote the proper management and
conservation of crab habitat and the crab fishery.
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 & Oceans Canada, Pacific Region, (604) 666-2872