THE WESTERN STAR
Court fines angler for untagged salmon
Published on September 07
A Reidville manís plea to keep his fishing gear was rejected after he was convicted Tuesday of failing to tag an Atlantic salmon he had caught.
After pulling the salmon from the Humber River near his hometown June 26, Reginald Normore placed it in the water near the shoreline without fixing one of the tags that came with his salmon licence.
Normore had resumed fishing and still had not tagged the fish by the time a provincial fish and wildlife officer approached him. In addition to seizing the fish, the officer also confiscated Normoreís rod, reel, case and a salmon fly with a barbed hook on it.
While it is an offence to angle for salmon with a barbed hook, Normore was only given a warning for that. He was charged with possessing an untagged salmon under the provincial Wild Life Act Regulations, which stipulate a salmon must be tagged immediately upon retention.
Crown attorney Alana Dwyer asked Judge Wayne Gorman to give Normore a $250 fine, prohibit him from possessing a salmon licence for two years and to order a forfeiture of all items seized.
Defence counsel Sandi MacKinnon told the judge her client would be willing to pay a steeper fine in lieu of having his fishing gear forfeited and the prohibition ordered for just one season.
Gorman told Normore he was fortunate the fine wasnít higher anyway, noting such convictions often land people fines of up to $1,000. As for the gear, he said the forfeiture was mandatory and that Normore should have known he was putting his possessions in jeopardy when he consciously chose not to tag the fish.
The judge did grant a part of the defenceís request, ordering Normore not to possess a salmon licence in 2017.