QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC CITY--(Marketwired - Aug. 22, 2016) - Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Quebec Region, has released a list of fishers fined in recent months for various offences under the Fisheries Act.

The fines imposed on the offenders total $11,025. The offenders are:

Offender Offence Species Fine Date of conviction
Michel Desgagnés (Ragueneau) Exceeding the recreational softshell clam harvest limit. clam $300 2016-07-06
Stéphane Roussel (Les Bergeronnes) Harvesting softshell clams during a closed time. clam $350 2016-07-06
Gino Hovington (Longue-Rive) Whelk fishing without a licence. whelk $500 2016-07-05
Ghislain Boudreault (L'Anse-Saint-Jean) Fishing for groundfish during a closed time. groundfish $400 2016-06-20
René Bourque (Sept-Îles) Lobster fishing without a licence on two occasions. lobster $3,225 2016-06-17
Jean Coulombe (Sept-Îles) Possession of lobster smaller than the legal size and possession of berried females. lobster $2,000 2016-06-17
Jimmy Chapados (Sept-Îles) Lobster fishing without a licence. lobster $1,500 2016-06-17
Jérémy Jones (Sept-Îles) Lobster fishing without a licence. lobster $1,500 2016-06-17
Samuel Thirnish (Sept-Îles) Possession of a female crab and possession of crabs smaller than the minimum legal size. crab $1,250 2016-06-17

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:

Regional Communications Branch
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Quebec Region