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Investigation into Illegal Netting of Salmon Leads to Convictions, Fines

Photo: Salmon and equipment seized in a poaching incident that occurred near Little Burnt Bay in central Newfoundland.

An investigation conducted by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers has resulted in fines and prohibitions related to illegal fishing.

On January 21, at Provincial Court in Gander, an individual was convicted and fined $4,000 for netting Atlantic salmon and illegal possession of Atlantic salmon and was prohibited from recreational fishing for a period of one year.

On October 29, 2019 another individual involved in the same incident was convicted and fined $2,000 for netting Atlantic salmon.

The convictions stem from an investigation conducted on July 10, 2019 after Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers received information from the public that there was illegal netting taking place in coastal waters at Salmon House Head near the community of Little Burnt Bay.

Officers conducted surveillance in the area and apprehended both individuals early the following morning.

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