STAG HARBOUR — Two men from Stag Harbour, Fogo Island have been convicted of fishing Atlantic salmon during a closed time in the coastal waters of Newfoundland and Labrador. Perry Coish and Gilbert James (Jim) Cull were convicted on March 5 in Provincial Court in Gander.
Coish was also convicted of obstructing a fishery officer. He received a fine of $3,500. He is prohibited from being on coastal waters for two years and ordered to forfeit one cooler, two suits of rain gear, one salmon net and seven salmon.
Cull was fined $2,500. He is also prohibited from being on coastal waters for two years.
The Government of Canada is committed to safeguarding the long-term health and productivity of Canada’s fisheries resources, and the habitat that supports them, for generations to come. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a mandate to protect and conserve marine resources and to prosecute offenders under the Fisheries Act. It ensures and promotes compliance with the Act and other laws and regulations through a combination of land, air, and sea patrols, as well education and awareness activities.
Illegal fishing is a threat to the sustainability of important fishing resources. You can report suspicious fishing activity or violations of fish habitat by contacting your nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office. You may also contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or www.nlcrimestoppers.com