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Two Charged with Salmon Poaching in NL

LEWISPORTE PILOT

Two charged with salmon poaching

Published on September 02, 2015

A recent incident in central Newfoundland has led to charges against two individuals for salmon poaching.

According to a press release from the province's Justice Department, two off-duty Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers encountered two adult males in the Bottom Brook area near Lewisporte on Sunday, Aug. 30, and they appeared to be illegally jigging salmon.

Upon investigation, the officers discovered that the men were apparently corralling salmon into a pool and then using illegal equipment to jig the fish. When the officers attempted an arrest, one of the men fled on foot but was apprehended after a short pursuit.

As a result of the investigation, the officers located three salmon on the shoreline and found seven additional salmon concealed in a bag nearby. The two men were charged with a number of violations of the Federal FIsheries Act and released to appear in Provincial Court at a later date. The 10 salmon, a three-pronged jigger and fishing line were seized.

The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division would like to remind would-be poachers that officers are committed to apprehending violators who threaten the provinceís salmon and trout populations. With the publicís continued support officers will continue to travel throughout the province to enforce the legislation.

The public can help by reporting any suspicious activity. This can be done anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling 1-877-820-0999, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com.