QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Jan. 19, 2012) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, has released a list of Gaspé and Lower St. Lawrence fishers fined in December 2011 for violations of the Fisheries Act.

The fines imposed on the offenders total $9,550. The offenders are:

Offender and home Offence Fine
Daniel Albert
Non-compliance with lobster licence conditions by retaining groundfish. $500
Jean-Luc Berthelot
Fishing for lobster with lobster traps without a valid tag for the season. $500
Bertrand Desbois
Possession of Atlantic Halibut under the minimum size and possession of Atlantic Halibut nets. $6,000
Nicol Desbois
Exceeding the daily quota for herring in 2009. $1,550
Stéphane Desbois
Fishing from a vessel not named in the licence. $500
Elphège Lelièvre
Non-compliance with snow crab licence conditions. $500

Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a mandate to protect and conserve marine resources and prosecute offenders under the Fisheries Act. To report a poacher, dial 1-800-463-9057. All calls are anonymous and confidential.

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Contact Information:

Martin Bourget
Communications Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec, Quebec