THE WESTERN STAR
Salmon poacher from Conche handed two months behind bars
Published on April 16, 2015
A man from Conche with prior convictions for fishing violations, has been jailed for 60 days and barred from fishing for seven years following his recent convictions for poaching Atlantic salmon.
Gerald A. Byrne was arrested and charged with numerous fishing offences after an investigation was launched by the provincial Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division in June 2013. The subsequent investigation into the complaint of a commercialized salmon poaching operation also involved the RCMP and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Surveillance led to Byrne being observed illegally netting salmon in an area near Conche during the closed salmon fishing season.
Earlier this month, Byrne was convicted of offences under the federal Fisheries Act and the provincial Wildlife Act in provincial court at St. Anthony.
For the federal offences, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail and given a seven-year prohibition from holding a fishing licence and from being in or on inland and coastal waters, except for being on a ferry for transport. Under the provincial legislation, Byrne received a $700 fine for possession of untagged salmon and was given another five-year prohibition from holding a fishing licence.
All items seized in the investigation were forfeited to the Crown, including eight Atlantic salmon, a boat and motor, an aluminum wheelbarrow and other items.