QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Feb. 18, 2014) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, has released a list of fishers fined in January 2014, for various offences under the Fisheries Act.

The fines imposed on the offenders total $5,800. The offenders are:

Name and place of residence Offence Species Fine Date of conviction
Jacques Morneau
(Les Escoumins)
Fishing for Greenland Halibut without valid fishing licence conditions for the 2013 season. Use of gillnets of less than 152 mm mesh size. Greenland halibut $1,500 2014-01-15
Stéphane Poulin
Possession of four female lobsters with eggs attached. lobster $2,500 2014-01-13
Martin Leblanc
Possession of whelks under the minimum legal size and obstructing the work of a fishery officer. whelk $1,200 2014-01-13
Julien-Marie Boudreau
Jean-Marie Lapierre
Harvesting softshell clams in a closed area. clam $300 each 2014-01-13

Fisheries and Oceans Canada encourages the public to report poaching incidents by using the online form or calling 1-800-463-9057. All reports are confidential.

The Government of Canada is committed to safeguarding the long-term health and productivity of Canada's fisheries resources, and the habitat that supports them, for generations to come. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has a mandate to protect and conserve marine resources and to prosecute offenders under the Fisheries Act. It ensures and promotes compliance with the Act and other laws and regulations through a combination of land, air, and sea patrols, as well education and awareness activities.

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Contact Information:

Martin Bourget
Communications Advisor
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec, Quebec