Two Convicted of Poaching Salmon

Two convicted for salmon poaching
Published on February 07, 2016

Investigations by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers have led to two convictions and significant fines related to illegal salmon fishing in the central region of the Newfoundland.

At Provincial Court in Gander, Anthony Melendy of Lumsdenwas fined $2,500 for illegal possession of Atlantic salmon caught in contravention of the Fisheries Act, and $500 for obstructing a peace officer.

Melendy forfeited 13 salmon to the Crown and was also prohibited from being on or near inland waters for two years. The charges and convictions came as the result of an investigation conducted by officers on July 7, 2015.

On Jan. 19, also at Provincial Court in Gander, Robert Brown of Appleton was sentenced and fined $3,000 for netting Atlantic salmon in inland waters and $1,000 for illegal possession of Atlantic salmon.

Brown was also convicted of breaching probation and fined $500.

All items seized by officers, including 11 Atlantic salmon, a canoe, an 85-foot long net and a black ski mask were forfeited.

Brown was also prohibited from being on or near inland waters for four years with the exception of travelling directly to his cabin.

To report any suspicious activity concerning the province’s natural resources, call 1-877-820-0999anonymously and toll-free, any time of the day, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com.