Consultation on proposed national ticketing for fisheries violations
Current status: Closed
This consultation ran from November 16, 2017, to January 31, 2018.
Note that this regulatory project is delayed until early 2020.
We sought feedback on plans to expand our options for ticketing minor fishing offences enforced under the following regulations:
- Pacific Fishery Regulations
- Atlantic Fishery Regulations
- Fishery (General) Regulations
- British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations
- Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations
Issuing only warnings or laying charges isn’t effective at addressing minor offences. Using tickets for minor fisheries violations would have the following positive effects.
- Individuals and companies that are ticketed would save the time and expense of appearing in court.
- Courts could focus on more serious offences.
- Fishery officers would have more time to focus on higher priority files.
- There would be a consistent national approach to minor fisheries violations.
Who was the focus of this consultation
We engaged with:
- stakeholders, such as:
- commercial fishers
- recreational fishers
- Indigenous groups
- members of the public
- provincial governments
Key questions for discussion
We asked for your comments on:
- whether the proposed fines and violations make sense and seem consistent and fair
- the positive and negative effects this ticketing plan will have on you or your industry
- whether this ticketing plan will be accepted in your region or industry or seen as problematic
DFO Ticketing Consultation
200 Kent St
Ottawa ON K1A 0E6
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