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The fight against poaching
is everyone’s business!

Some people would say that poaching is stealing. In fact, poaching has a direct impact on the ocean’s resources and the economic livelihood of fish harvesters. You can help fishery officers protect the fisheries by reporting any illegal acts you see. Protecting our resources is everyone’s business.

Convicted poachers must pay fines. In addition, fishery officers can seize the catches and any material that was used in the commission of an offence against the Fisheries Act.

Results that count

Over the last two years, DFO has received 422 reports about poaching incidents in Quebec’s three maritime areas. Of these, 46 were made using the Poaching Alert line. As a result of these reports, fishery officers were able to lay 75 formal charges, in addition to the charges brought against offenders who were caught red-handed. In all, 352 poaching charges were laid in the area over the last two years, leading to 205 convictions.

You can report poaching incidents by calling the toll-free line 1-800-463-9057 or by contacting a fishery officer directly. Calls are anonymous and confidential.  

Poaching Alert campaign

Fishery officers toured the three maritime areas in July to raise public awareness about the importance of the fight against poaching. They used the opportunity to present the fisheries surveillance plane, one of the numerous tools available to fishery officers in their fight against poaching.  

Visit our Poaching Alert Web site; we’ve posted a few awareness-raising videos prepared as part of the campaign.

Michel Plamondon