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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
DECEMBER 2012 - JANUARY 2013/VOLUME 15/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.

CONTREVENANT ET DOMICILE INFRACTION ET SENTENCE
Ronald Bénard
Magdalen Islands

Fishing for lobster without a licence, possession of lobsters under the minimum size and fishing for lobster in a lagoon.

$750 + 120 hrs of community service
Marc Bernier
Alma
Alexandre Martin
Lac-Kénogami

Possession of fish from the Saguenay River recreational groundfish fishery processed to the point where it is difficult to determine their species.

$150 (M. B.)
$300 (A.M)
Jean-Claude Boudreau
Magdalen Islands

Possession of a non-compliant firearm for the seal hunt.

$300
Mark Clarke
Magdalen Islands

Possession of lobsters under legal minimum size.

$1,000
Albert Cyr
Magdalen Islands

Failing to palpate a seal’s cranium to confirm that it was crushed and failing to bleed harvested seals as soon as possible.

$1,000
Marvens Doonan
La Baie

Exceeding the weekly limit of five fish for the Saguenay River recreational groundfish fishery.

$500
Jules Gagnon
Godbout

Fishing for whelks without a licence.

$500 + confiscation of three whelk pots
Sylvain Gauthier
Baie-Trinité

Failure to weigh entire landed snow crab catch.

$2,500 + confiscation of the proceeds from the sale, $754.82
Léopold Joncas
Paul-Aimé Joncas

Blanc-Sablon

Recreational cod fishing in a closed area.

$500 each
Martin Langford
Magdalen Islands

Failing to weigh entire landed snow crab catch.

$1,000
Christian Leblanc
Magdalen Islands

Use of a non-regulated club for the seal hunt.

$200
Pierre-Paul Leblanc
Daniel Martinet

Magdalen Islands

Harvesting softshell clam in a closed area and possession of undersized softshell clams.

$600 (P.-P. L.)
$700 (D. M.)
Jacques Morneau
Les Escoumins

Non-compliance with Atlantic halibut licence conditions by keeping Atlantic halibut under the minimum legal size and landing fish without a dockside observer present.

$1,250 + confiscation of the value of the seized fish, $68.48
Tony Otis
Jean-Paul Ross

Les Escoumins

Harvesting softshell clam in a closed area.

$500
Gino Poirier
Magdalen Islands

Use of a non-compliant firearm for the seal hunt.

$500 $
Steve Vigneau
Magdalen Islands

Taking Atlantic surf clam in a closed area.

$300
Sylvain Vigneau
Magdalen Islands

Fishing for lobster without a licence and fishing for lobster in a lagoon.

$1,500 + ban from entering any Magdalen Islands lagoons for the next 15 months, with the exception of the Grande-Entrée lagoon between 5:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. for the Atlantic surf clam fishery

Martin Bourget
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