Alleged Poachers Caught with 54 Illegal Salmon
Director of Communications
Department of Justice and Public Safety
Tuesday, August 16, 2016
A recent serious salmon poaching incident near Gambo has resulted in charges against two men for a number of violations.
On the night of August 11, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers from the Gander detachment were conducting surveillance in the Traverse Brook area near Gambo after receiving a number of tips from the public that illegal netting and jigging of salmon was taking place. At approximately 4:00 a.m. the following morning, officers observed two males in a boat come ashore near where the officers were concealed. Once the males exited the boat and the officers approached and identified themselves, one of the men fled on foot and was apprehended after a short pursuit. The other man was arrested without incident.
Seized as a result of this incident were two nets, a canoe with outboard motor, a duffle bag, four knives, three coolers, a fish tote box and 54 illegally obtained salmon.
The two men, one from Gambo and the other from Hare Bay, were later released and face charges for netting salmon in inland waters, possession of a net near inland waters, and possession of fish caught in contravention of the Fisheries Act. They will appear in Provincial Court in Gander at a later date.
The illegal netting and sale of salmon continues to be a concerning issue for the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division. Officers are requesting information from the public related to any incident of suspected poaching. Please report any suspicious activity anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling 1-877-820-0999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com