Investigation reveals illegally netted salmon
Published on July 14, 2015
Two people from Central Newfoundland are facing a number of charges following two incidents in the Lumsden area.
The two men are charged with illegally netting Atlantic salmon and for the improper use of an ATV.
After receiving anonymous tips from members of the public, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers began investigating allegations of illegal netting activity on Windmill Bight Brook near Lumsden.
In the early morning hours of July 7, officers from the Gander detachment stopped two men on an ATV in the community for violations under the Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicles Act. The officers found 13 untagged Atlantic salmon when they searched the ATV. Officers suspected the driver of the ATV was impaired and called for assistance from the RCMP who sent a police officer from the detachment in New-West-Valley.
The driver was arrested and later released.
The passenger of the ATV is alleged to have tried to destroy evidence by attempting to throw away the salmon.
Following that incident, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers searched Windmill Bight Brook for the net that had been illegally set and began surveillance once it was located.
Several hours later, the officers witnessed an adult male, who arrived on an ATV, begin to pull in the net, which contained another 24 salmon. Once officers apprehended the individual, it was determined that it was the same man who had been stopped by officers earlier that morning and arrested by RCMP for operating an ATV while being impaired.
As a result, the persons involved in these incidents are facing a number of charges for violations of the Federal Fisheries Act, the Motorized Snow Vehicles and All-Terrain Vehicles Act, and the Criminal Code.
The individual involved in both incidents is also facing charges for impaired driving and for operating a vehicle while suspended.
A Honda Rubicon 500 ATV, a Suzuki Eiger 400 ATV, 37 Atlantic salmon and one round of 12-gauge ammunition were seized as part of the investigation.