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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2009/VOLUME 12/NUMBER 5
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CONVICTIONS FOR
FISHERIES ACT VIOLATIONS

Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Quebec Region, has released the names of fishermen who have received fines for violations of the Fisheries Act. DFO continues to strictly enforce its zero tolerance policy for offenders. The Department has a mandate to protect and conserve fishery resources and is ever vigilant in its efforts to prevent poaching of marine resources. Fisheries and Oceans Canada encourages the public to report poaching incidents by calling 1-800-463-9057. All calls are confidential.

OFFENDER/ RESIDENCE OFFENCE/FINE
Lobster
Louis Clarke
Grosse-Île
Possession of an egg-bearing female lobster.
Possession of lobster under the minimum legal size.
$1,750
Pierrot Cyr
Étang-du-Nord
Possession of lobster under the minimum legal size.
$1,500 + suspension of fishing licence for the first four days of 2010 season
Luc Thériault
Havre-aux-Maisons
Possession of an egg-bearing female lobster.
$1,000
Snow crab
Donald Déraspe
Havre-Aubert
Having fished several times in an area other than that authorized by the licence.
Using a trap without a biodegradable escape mechanism.
Using a trap without a valid tag.
$5,000
Seal
Steeve Boudreau
Havre-aux-Maisons
Failing to bleed a seal for one minute before skinning it.
$250
Grant Turnbull
Raymond Turnbull

Grosse-Île
Failing to bleed a seal for one minute before skinning it.
$500 ($250 each)
Daniel Chiasson
Étang-du-Nord
Failing to palpate a seal’s cranium to confirm that it was crushed.
$250
Paul Chiasson
Étang-du-Nord
Exceeding the limit of six seals.
Failing to bleed seals for one minute before skinning them.
Failing to palpate a seal’s cranium to confirm that it was crushed.
$1,000
Réal Déraspe
Pointe-aux-Loups
Exceeding the limit of six seals.
$300
Murray McKay
Grosse-Île
Exceeding the limit of six seals.
$200
Léo Leblanc
Havre-aux-Maisons
Possessing full metal jacket rifle cartridges aboard the vessel.
$200
Hugo Noël
Fatima
Slaughtering seals while only in possession of a temporary assistant sealing licence.
Failing to crush seals’ crania.
Failing to sever seals’ two axillary arteries to bleed them.
$1,000
Allison Rankin
Grosse-Île
Failing to palpate seals’ crania to confirm that they were crushed.
$500
Shellfish
Yves Vigneau
Havre-Aubert
Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.
$200

Martin Bourget
Communications