Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Lay Charges Related to Salmon Poaching
Director of Communications
Department of Justice and Public Safety
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Early in the salmon angling season in Newfoundland and Labrador, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers have already laid a number of charges related to illegal poaching.
On Tuesday, June 14, officers with the Grand Falls-Windsor detachment were conducting surveillance in the area of Leading Tickles, Notre Dame Bay, in response to complaints received from the public, as well as due to information gathered during recent patrols. During that surveillance, officers observed three men setting a salmon net and immediately arrested them. The men, all from Leading Tickles, were detained, interviewed and later released. As a result of the investigation, officers seized two ATVs and a salmon net. One salmon had been caught and was released. Charges are pending.
On the night of Thursday, June 16, officers with the Gander detachment were conducting a boat patrol in the Norris Arm north area when they observed an illegal salmon net that had been set. The officers conducted surveillance of the area and later arrested one male adult who attempted to retrieve the net. As a result of the arrest a salmon net and one Atlantic salmon were seized. Charges are pending.
On Friday, June 17, officers with the Grand Falls-Windsor detachment were again conducting surveillance in the area of Leading Tickles, Notre Dame Bay, when they observed two adult male individuals set a salmon net from the shoreline. Officers detained, interviewed and later released both men who are from Leading Tickles. As a result of the investigation, three salmon nets were seized. Charges are pending.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to protecting the province's resources and to ensuring that they remain available for those who respect legislation concerning the proper management and conservation of fish and game. The public can play a significant role in assisting officers in protecting the province's natural resources by reporting any suspicious activity. This can be done anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling 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 .