Pubnico lobsterman fined $20,000 for fishing untagged traps

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Fisheries convictions for August to November 2015

By Jonathan Riley, Digby Courier

DIGBY, N.S. – Fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia have been assessed some big fines.

Federal Fisheries officer Corey Webster checks out some of the seized fishing gear at the Digby base. Jonathan Riley photo
Federal Fisheries officer Corey Webster checks out some of the seized fishing gear at the Digby base. Jonathan Riley photo
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans updated its convictions webpage in January 2016 and was showing convictions between August and November 2015 – some of those convictions resulted in fines in the tens of thousands of dollars.

DFO usually posts the convictions monthly, but a backlog resulted in several months being posted at once.

The convictions are posted online here.

Raymond Adams of Middle East Pubnico was convicted in August of fishing untagged lobster traps. He was fined $20,000 and forfeited 40 traps, and his catch worth another $4,000. The court also imposed a 14-day license suspension, which could also be worth tens of thousands of dollars depending on when it was imposed.

A lobster trap costs at least $100 to replace.

Curtis Addington of Little River was convicted in November of contravening his licence conditions in May 2014. He was fined $10,000 and forfeited 34 traps and 172 pounds of lobster that sold for $1,000.

Adrien Flynn of Church Point was caught in June 2015 fishing for lobster out of season and was convicted in October.

He received a $7,500 fine and forfeited 55 lobster traps, six anchors, three trawl lines and balloons.

Joshua Banks of Harbourville was convicted of an improper hail, offloading halibut prior to the arrival of the dockside observer and for possession of halibut less than 81 cm in length.

The three convictions earned him a total of $6,000 in fines plus he forfeited his truck, 15 trawl tubs, five undersized halibut and 190 pounds of halibut worth $1,500.

Roy Frost of Sandy Cove was caught with both undersized and berried lobsters in July last year and convicted in October. He was fined a total of $5,000.

Berried lobsters are females with eggs attached – fishermen are required to put these reproducing females back in the water to allow them to continue breeding. Fishermen must also return lobster under the minimum size to the water.

Brendon Porter of East Pubnico and Christian Sheppard of West Pubnicowere both convicted in October for illegal possession of lobster and for possessing short lobster in July. They each were assessed $3,000 in fines.

Raymond d’Entremont of Middle West Pubnico was also caught with short lobsters in September and convicted in December. He was ordered to pay a $3,000 fine.

Mark Covert of Granville Ferry was caught with short lobster in July and convicted in November. He was assessed a $2,500 fine.

Jacques LeBlanc of Wedgeport was convicted in August for an inaccurate hail of Bluefin Tuna in November 2011. He was assessed a $3,000 fine.

At the same time as the inaccurate hail he was found to be fishing lobster out of season. For that he was assessed a further $1,000 fine.

Ross Morrell of Digby received a total of $3,000 in fines for taking more than 100 scallops in any one day on a recreational licence. The offence occurred in August and he was convicted in October.

David Parrell of Bridgetown received a $2,500 fine and forfeited his catch of groundfish valued at $1,100 for a conviction in October.

Steven Lyons of Argyle Head was convicted in August for fishing for groundfish with a gillnet out of season in May. He was fined $2,500 and forfeited a gillnet, buoy and anchor worth another $375.

James Bartlett of Yarmouth received a $2,000 fine in November for contravening, in August 2012, licence conditions under the Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licence Regulations.

Parnell LeBlanc of Belleville was caught in May with undersized lobsters, convicted in September and assessed a $2,000 fine.

Robert Jackson of Birchtown was caught in July fishing lobster without a licence and for possessing undersized lobster. He was convicted in November and fined a total of $2,000.

Aaron Foley and Scott Conrad of Granville Ferry and Michael Edwards of Cornwallis were convicted in September of harvesting clams in a contaminated area in June. They each were ordered to pay an $1,800 fine.

Brian Nickerson of Clark’s Harbour was fined $1,750 for fishing halibut without authorization.

Richard Amero of Marshalltown was ound to be fishing scallop with an incomplete logbook in July, convicted in September and received a $1,500 fine.

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