Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement Program Efforts Proving Successful
Director of Communications
Department of Justice
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Recent operations by the Provincial Inland Fish Enforcement Program of the Department of Justice (IFE) have resulted in two significant seizures and the arrest of four individuals for allegedly netting salmon.
On August 22, 2010, IFE officers arrested two individuals for netting the Branch River, near the community of Branch, St. Mary's Bay. Officers seized two all-terrain vehicles, 43 salmon, one net and a fly rod.
On August 13, 2010, two individuals were arrested by IFE officers for allegedly netting salmon in the Colliers Bay River near the communities of Normans Cove-Long Cove, Trinity Bay. Officers recovered five nets from the area during the operation.
So far this year, IFE officers have dealt with 286 violations and laid charges against 105 individuals for fish-related offences. In addition, officers have laid charges against 76 individuals for a range of wildlife, ATV and firearms violations. As well, since January of this year, fines resulting from IFE operations exceed $25,000. Inland Fish Enforcement officers have taken 25 illegal nets from rivers and coastal waters, seized five boats and motors, three ATVs, one minivan and have confiscated 110 salmon and 53 trout since April.
The public are reminded that they can anonymously report suspected poaching activity 24 hours a day, toll-free at 1-877-820-0999. To view photos of seizures relating to recent operations or to learn more about Inland Fish Enforcement and how to help, visit www.stoppoaching.ca .