QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 16, 2012) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec region, has released a list of offenders from Gaspé and Lower St. Lawrence that were fined in November and December 2011 as well as January 2012 for various infringements of the Fisheries Act.

The fines imposed on the offenders total $33,750. In addition to a fine, one of the offenders had his catch and some of his illegal gear confiscated. Restrictions were imposed on another offender forbidding him to be on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, between Trois-Pistoles and Baie-des-Sables, for 36 months. The offenders are:

Offender and home Offence Fine
Sylvain Arsenault
Tuna fishing without authorization. $750
Mario Blais
Fishing without a licence and use of a net for groundfish fishery less than 5 metres from the surface of the water. $2,000
Gilles Côté
Raynald Richard
Sportfishing for Atlantic cod during a closed time. $500 each
Dean Dow
Larry G. Dow
Peter Hackett
Steven Walker
Mackerel fishing without valid conditions. $1,000 each
Thérèse Kenney
Exceeding the allowed quota for sportfishing for Atlantic cod. $300
Bernard Labbé
Valère Daraiche
Use of lobster traps without valid tags. $500 each
Michel Labrecque
Unloading Atlantic halibut without a dockside observer. $3,000
Trent Langlois
Possession of a v-notched female lobster. $500
Guy Leblanc
Deviation from shrimp fishing conditions by using illegal gear. $5,000 + Confiscation of the catch and part of the illegal gear
Marcel Roy
Greenland halibut fishing without a licence. $13,000
Gérald Sim
Harvesting molluscs in a closed area. $700 + Banned from the banks of the St. Lawrence River, between Trois-Pistoles and Baie-des-Sables, for 36 months.
James Micheal Sullivan
Mackerel fishing without valid conditions. $1,000
Andrew Vibert
Lobster fishing using too many traps. $1,500

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