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Jigging Salmon Leads to Hefty Fine

Jigging Atlantic Salmon Leads to Hefty Fines and House Arrest

April 22, 2014 – Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

A successful conviction for illegal fishing means that neither Greg Hancott nor Rickey Elliott of Campbellton can fish recreationally or be within 50 metres of inland waters anywhere in Canada for the next five years.

Greg Hancott was:

  • Convicted for fishing within 23 metres downstream of fishway canal, obstacle, or leap; attempting to jig Atlantic salmon in inland waters; and fishing in scheduled waters using a method other than artificial fly
  • Ordered 30 days house arrest and 18 months of probation
  • Ordered to pay a minimum of $66.66 a month while on probation to pay off a $1,200 fine that is outstanding from 1999
  • Prohibited from recreational fishing  within 50 metres of inland waters anywhere in Canada for five years

Rickey Elliott was:

  • Convicted for fishing within 23 metres downstream of fishway canal, obstacle, or leap; attempting to jig Atlantic salmon in inland waters; and fishing in scheduled waters using a method other than artificial fly
  • Fined $3,000 total
  • Prohibited from recreational fishing within 50 metres of inland waters anywhere in Canada for five 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.

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Associated Links

    Charges and Convictions – Newfoundland and Labrador Region http://www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/media/charges-inculpations/nl-tnl-eng.htm

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