Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Continue to Protect Stocks as Salmon Season Comes to a Close
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
Monday, September 15, 2014
Officers with the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division have charged four people with various offences under the Fisheries Act, Wild Life Act, and the Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicle Regulations as a result of an investigation related to the alleged illegal fishing of Atlantic salmon in central Newfoundland.
Upon receiving a complaint from the public, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from the Gander detachment conducted surveillance in the area of Ragged Harbour River. As a result of the investigation, on September 5, four individuals were apprehended and the following charges were laid:
- two counts of illegally netting salmon in inland waters;
- two counts of illegal possession of salmon;
- one count of possession of a firearm during a closed time and without a valid licence; and
- four charges under the Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicle Regulations.
The investigation also resulted in an all-terrain vehicle, trailer, boat, motor, six Atlantic salmon, and a .22 calibre rifle being seized.
The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice reminds the public that officers are committed to apprehending those who violate the law and who threaten Newfoundland and Labrador's world-class salmon and trout stocks. As the hunting seasons open throughout the fall, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers will continue to remain vigilant and travel throughout all regions of the province to enforce legislation that protects this province's valuable natural resources.
The public plays a significant role by assisting Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers in catching poachers and is encouraged to report any suspicious activity. This can be done anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling the Fish and Wild Enforcement Division at 1-877-820-0999, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com .