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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
DECEMBER 2009 - JANUARY 2010/VOLUME 12/NUMBER 6
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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
Gilles Albert
Newport
Failure to hail out. Hails not compliant with licence conditions.
$1,500
Gilles Arseneault
Saint-Alphonse
Shellfish harvesting in a closed area. Obstruction of fishery officers in the performance of their duties.
$1,050
Gilles Arseneault
Saint-Siméon
Shellfish harvesting in a closed area. Obstruction of fishery officers in the performance of their duties.
$600
Marc-André Arseneau
Havre-Aubert
Serge Miousse
Fatima
Failure to bleed seals for one minute before skinning.
$250 each
Jeannot Aucoin
Fatima
Steve Arseneau
Fatima
Dirk Chenell
Île d’Entrée
Possession of lobster under the minimum legal size.
$850 (J. A), $750 (S. A), $1,000 (D. C)
Jean-Yves Blouin
Sept-Îles
Onile Gionet
Sept-Îles
André Rail
Lonque-Pointe-de-Mingan
Daniel Scherrer
Havre-Saint-Pierre
Claude Vaillancourt
Lonque-Pointe-de-Mingan
Failure to hail out before 8:00 pm on the day prior to snow crab fishing trips.
$250 (J.-Y. B.), $250 (O. G.), $250 (A. R.), $875 (D. S.), $100 (C. V.)
Réal R. Bond
Rivière-au-Tonnerre
Hails not compliant with licence conditions.
$1,500
Ryan Burke
Old-Harry
Fishing for lobster without a licence, during a closed time and in a lagoon.
$2,250
Jean- Sébastien Caron
Tide Head
Yves Caron
Atholville
Harvesting shellfish in a closed area and possession of over 300 softshell clams.
$550 (J.-S. C.), $600 (Y. C.)
Serge Cayouette
Bonaventure
Gino Gagné
Nouvelle
Denis Landry
Saint-Omer
Guy Landry
Carleton
Jean-Luc Landry
Saint-Omer
Rock Landry
Carleton
Raymond Poirier
Bonaventure
Shellfish harvesting in a closed area.
$300 each
Serge Cloutier
Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé
Isaac Métallic
Listuguj
Jody Méthot
Listuguj
Roger Pinel
Grande-Rivière
Possession of a lobster under the minimum legal size.
$500 (S. C.), $1,750 (I. M.), $500 (J. M.), $500 (R. P.)
Jeannot Chevarie
Étang-du-Nord
Failure to palpate a seal’s cranium to confirm that it has been crushed.
$1,000 + licence suspended and banned from sealing areas during the 2010 season
Lucien Cyr
Sainte-Thérèse-de-Gaspé
Possession of lobster under the minimum legal size.
$1,000
Marc Desbiens
Patrice Desbiens
Dave Tremblay

Forestville
Exceeding the recreational softshell clam harvest limit.
$300 each
Robert Deschênes
Cap d’Espoir
Possession of lobster under the minimum legal size. Possession of a berried female lobster.
$4,000
Jean-Luc Deveau
Pointe-aux-Loups
Making a false statement to a fishery officer and approaching within one-half nautical mile of a person engaged in sealing without a seal fishery observation licence.
$400
Laval-Marie Dionne
Trois-Pistoles
Laurent Doucet
Le Bic
Possession of whelks under the minimum legal size.
$2,500 (L.-M. D.), $1,000 (L. D.)
Éric Duchênes
Tadoussac
Harvesting softshell clams in a closed area.
$600
Éric Joubert
Sept-Îles
Failure to hail in after a rock crab fishing trip.
$650
Claude Knight
Rivière-au-Tonnerre
Possession of Atlantic halibut under the minimum legal size of 81 cm.
$1,500
Paul-Émile Leblanc
Pointe-aux-Loups
Exceeding the limit of six seals.
$300
Denis Poirier
Saint-Siméon
Jean-Luc Poirier
Saint-Elzéar
Shellfish harvesting in a closed area. Possession of softshell clams under the minimum legal size.
$600 each
Jean-Marc Poirier
Rivière-au-Tonnerre
Logbooks not completed. Failure to hail out. Refusal to take an observer. Fishing and keeping 10 snow crab. Fishing for turbot using nets with a mesh smaller than the legal size.
$4,000 + partial confiscation of fishing gear
Daniel Scherrer
Havre-Saint-Pierre
Fishing for scallops without a properly operating Vessel Monitoring System.
One-year probation and suspension of scallop fishing licence until October 1, 2010.
Claude Vaillancourt
Lonque-Pointe-de-Mingan
Permitting another fisher to use his vessel without authorization.
$900
Sylvain Vigneau
Pascal Vigneau

Fatima
Harvesting Atlantic surf clams in a closed area.
$200 each

Martin Bourget
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