QUEBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwired - Oct. 27, 2014) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, has released a list of fishers fined in recent months for offences under the Fisheries Act.

The fines imposed on the offenders total $62,050. The offenders are:

Name and place of residence Offence Species Fine Date of conviction
Bertrand O'Connor
Fishing for shrimp during a closed time. shrimp $5,000 2014-09-24
Jean-Paul Beaupré
Alain Leblond
Sylvain Proulx
Jean-Marc Tudeau
Exceeding authorized quota for clam harvesting. Possession of undersized clams. clam $400 each 2014-09-23
Jean-Pierre Cloutier
Possession of lobsters under the minimum size. lobster $750 2014-09-23
Jacqui Réhel
Groundfish fishing without licence condition. groundfish $500 2014-09-22
Jean-François Samuel
Failure to properly hail in. Failure to adequately complete own logbook.
Possession of Rock Crab under the legal size limit. Possession of female rock crabs. Obstructing the work of a fisheries officers. Rock crab fishing outside the authorized area on two occasions. Fishing for rock crab during a closed time. Failure to do hail-ins.
Failure to provide logbooks.
rock crab $1,000 + nine-month conditional sentence of imprisonment with several conditions; suspension for the first eight days of the 2015 rock crab fishery; requirement to have a functional black box on vessel for all fishing trips for a period of two years. 2014-09-22
Jean-Marc Sweeney
Failure to hail in. snow crab $2,000 2014-09-22
Dorima Poirier
Harvesting molluscs in a closed area.
Sea urchin fishing without a licence.
sea urchin $600 2014-08-18
Unipêche MDM
Assisting or encouraging snow crab licence holders to fail to comply with their licence conditions by throwing back snow crab over 95 mm. snow crab $50,000 2014-07-21
Christian Jolicoeur
Harvesting molluscs in a closed area. molluscs $300 2014-06-25
Rolland Lebrasseur
Exceeding the recreational groundfish fishery quota. groundfish $300 2014-06-20

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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Regional Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region