Provincial Fisheries Violations Tripled in 2018

Provincial Fish and Wildlife Enforcement staff – working with a contingent of 43 active officers – laid almost three times more charges for inland fish-related offences in 2018 compared to the previous year.

Provincial officers laid 50 charges in 2018, compared to 17 in 2017.

To date this year, the division has received 128 public complaints of suspected illegal fishing activity – including 67 in the eastern region, 53 in western and eight in Labrador – and spent approximately 27,000 person hours in related investigations and enforcing inland fish-related legislation.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is reporting the number of fishing violations on the province’s salmon rivers during the 2018 season was on par with previous years at 136 violations – eight more than in 2017 – including 41 illegal nets located and removed. However, this figure does not include provincial enforcement statistics.