Fines for Illegal NL Salmon Fishing

Nov. 6, 2013

Fines issued to men involved in illegal netting of salmon

Five men have been fined for illegally netting salmon in the Bay L’Argent region of the Burin Peninsula.

An 18-foot fiberglass boat and outboard motor were seized in May 2013 as part of an investigation into illegal salmon netting. — provincial government photo

One of the men, Jeffrey Hynes of Bay L’Argent, was fined $6,000 on Oct. 29 in provincial court at Grand Bank. He was also prohibited from fishing in coastal and inland waters for 10 years.

Equipment seized as a part of the investigation — including an 18-foot fiberglass boat and outboard motor — were forfeited to the Crown.

Judge Harold Porter ordered that the $6,000 fine be directed to the Salmon Association of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador for salmon enhancement projects.

The other four men apprehended as part of the investigation were convicted in July with each receiving a $1,000 fine and being prohibited from fishing for one year.

Those four men are: Howard Banfield, James Synard and Leo Myles of St. Bernard’s, and Charles Dominaux of Bay L’Argent.

The charges came as the result of an investigation that took place in May. Officers with the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division, with the assistance of officials with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police were involved in the operation.

Suspected poaching activity can be reported 24-hours a day, toll-free to either Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, or Fish and Wildlife Enforcement at 1-877-820-0999. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com.