Pacific region

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The following table sets out convictions over the last six months.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

Pacific region convictions under the Fisheries Act
Name and Place of Residence Charge Information (Section & Description) Species Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders Dates of Conviction
STEINBACH, Christian J.  Courtenay BC Nov 18, 2016  Campbell River BC    BCSFR S.36 - Overpossession of Dungeness Crab                             Fisheries Act S. 63(1) - Provide a False Statement to a Fishery Officer Dungeness Crab - Recreational Fishery Combined Penalty $3500, Forfieture of Crab Traps and 16 Crabs, One Year Prohibition from participating in Recreational Crab Fishing or  Possession of Crabs or Crab Fishing Gear 2017-03-20
KIM Myung Hyun,  Port Hardy, BC March 10, 2016. Cluxewe Beach Port McNeill, BC. FA s.33 Posess fish caught in contravention of regulation.  MCFR s.3(2) ... no person shall, in that area, fish for or catch and retain any species of fish specified in the order. Butter Clams, recreational fishery Court Order fine amount: $250 per charge. Two charges  for a total of $500.00 2017-03-14
PARK Keum Ja, Port Hardy BC March 10, 2016. Cluxewe Beach Port McNeill, BC. FA s.33 Posess fish caught in contravention of regulation.  MCFR s.3(2) ... no person shall, in that area, fish for or catch and retain any species of fish specified in the order. Butter Clams, recreational fishery Court Order fine amount: $250 per charge. Two charges  for a total of $500.00  2017-03-14
VAN VLIET, Cornelius,       Lund, BC November 24, 2015. Savary Island, BC. PFR  s. 26(1) Fish without authority of a license       FA s.33 Possess illegally caught fish Manila Clams, Area C Commercial Clam Fishery Conditional Sentence Order for six months (First three months house arrest). Forfeiture of Vessel and gear. Prohibition Order for five years. Prohibited from all forms of fishing for five years. No rakes or clams in possession. Not to be in the company of anyone digging clams. Must be 100m away from anyone digging clams. Cannot transport any shellfish harvesters.   2017-02-23
Joseph, Charles Edward

Port Hardy, BC
August 25, 2013

Port Hardy, BC

FA s.25 (1) did place or set fishing gear or apparatus in water, along a beach or within a fishery during a close time
Sockeye salmon - closed time / closed area $2,000 court-ordered fine 2017-02-17
Joseph, Charles Edward

Port Hardy, BC
October 4, 18 and 27 of 2015

Port McNeill, BC

ACFLR s.7 fail to comply with condition of licence - did fail to record the Daily Catch Report Confirmation Numbers in the harvest log for each day fished not later than six hours following the completion of a fishery opening
Chum salmon - commercial fishery $2,250 court-ordered fine 2017-02-17
Paul, Daniel Thomas

Kitimat, BC
January 24, 2014.

Kitimat, BC.

FGR s.35(2) Illegal sale of fish.

PFR s.63 Fish closed time.
Dungeness crab, prawn

Aboriginal FSC Fishery
$5,000.00 fine and $5,000.00 79.2(f) FA payment order,

publish letter in local newspaper outlining the offence and sentence, forfeiture of $205 cash, 21 lbs of prawn and 72 crab
2017-02-03
Gladstone, Tyrone Yoshito

Chilliwack , BC
August 22, 2015

Chilliwack BC Section 7.

ACFLR Contravene terms of a licence – to wit undersized gillnet mesh size
Sockeye Salmon $350.00 Court ordered fine and forfeiture of the gillnet 2017-01-31
Hunt, David Thomas

Port Hardy, BC
03 October 2012

Port Hardy

Fisheries Act Sec 33

Purchase, Sell or Possess Illegally caught fish
Butter Clams $500.00 2017-01-26
Hunt, David Thomas

Port Hardy, BC
11 December 2012

Port Hardy

Fisheries Act Sec 33

Purchase, Sell or Possess illegally caught fish
Butter Clams $750.00 2017-01-26
Hunt, David Thomas

Port Hardy, BC
Between 01 July and 31 December 2012

Port Hardy

Fisheries Act Sec 33

Purchase, Sell or Possess illegally caught fish
Butter Clams $750.00 2017-01-26
Hunt, David Thomas

Port Hardy, BC
Between 01 October and 04 October 2012

Port Hardy

Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations Sec 3(2) catch and retain prohibited species.
Butter Clams Probation Order: 1 year Suspended Sentence,

First Six months shall not harvest or possess any bivalve mollusk,

second six month shall only harvest or have in possession bivalve mollusks for own personal use and consumption
2017-01-26
Hunt, David Thomas

Port Hardy, BC
11 December 2012

Port Hardy

Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations Sec 3(2) catch and retain prohibited species.
Butter Clams 2017-01-26
Hunt, David Thomas

Port Hardy, BC
Between 01 July and 31 December 2012,

Port Hardy,

Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations Sec 3(2) catch and retain prohibited species.
Butter Clams 2017-01-26
MOISAN, Samantha
Topley, BC
June 30, 2016.  Kitimat, BC.  FA s.62 Obstruct / Hinder Fishery Officer. Chinook salmon, recreational fishery $400.00 fine plus forfeiture of rod / reel valued by the Judge at $1200.00 2017-01-20
FOUTS, Steven Elliot, Madeira Park, BC May 21, 2016. Devastation Channel, BC. FGR s. 22(7). Violation of licence conditions: Fail to fill out logbook Spot prawn, commercial fishery $500 court-ordered fine 2017-01-19
SEKULA, Robert,      Vancouver, BC July 08, 2016. FGR s. 22(7) Two violations of licence conditions: 1) Fail to have harvest logbook on board; 2) Fail to file start fishing report Sockeye salmon, commercial fishery $2000 court-ordered fine    (2x $1000 for each count) 2017-01-18
SEKULA, Mark,      Vancouver, BC July 08 2016. PFR s. 25: Commercial fishing without a licence (FRC). Sockeye salmon, commercial fishery $500 court-ordered fine 2017-01-18
Gwaii Wood Products ltd.
Masset, BC
Between June 24th and October 20th, 2010 near Port Clements B.C.

20 counts of harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat

s. 35(1)  FA
Salmon

Habitat

Destruction

Forestry
$120,000 Court Ordered Fine

A choice between:
$400,000 in additional court ordered fines
OR
The clear title transfer of the entire property to a non-governmental conservancy organization as agreed to by Crown.
2017-01-09
Howe Sound Forest Products ltd.
Campbell River, BC
Between June 24th and October 20th, 2010 near Port Clements B.C.

20 counts of harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat

s. 35(1)  FA
Salmon

Habitat

Destruction

Forestry
$1,100,000 Court Ordered Fine

Pursuant to section 79.2(a) of the FA, Prohibited from entering into contracts for the purchase or sale of logs or carrying put any work or undertaking related to logging or road construction related to logging, or entering into any contractual arrangements for any other person or corporation, to undertake those activities on its behalf or for its benefit for a period of five years commencing on March 1, 2017.

2017-01-09
I. Crosby Contracting ltd.
Queen Charlotte, B.C.
Between June 24th and October 20th, 2010 near Port Clements B.C.

20 counts of harmful alteration, disruption or destruction of fish habitat

s. 35(1)  FA
Salmon

Habitat

Destruction

Forestry
$580,000 Court Ordered Fine

Pursuant to section 79.2(a) of the FA, Prohibited from Carrying out any work or undertaking related to logging or road construction related to logging, or entering into any contractual arrangements for any other person or corporation, to undertake those activities on its behalf or for its benefit for a period of six months commencing on March 1, 2017.
2017-01-09
BRODIE, Gordon Charlie

Campbell River, BC.  
August 17th, 2015. Bella Bella BC.

FGR 22 (7) to wit; fail to hail in to fishery by obtaining a start fishing number.   
Chum salmon. Commercial Gill net Fishery.  $700 fine.  2017-01-06
BEMI, Michael ,  Saltspring Island, B.C. June 7, 2016 Barkley Sound , Fishery (General) Regulations 22(7) Fail to have operating revival tank while hauling gear  Sockeye, Commercial , Area D Gillnet $1,500.00 2017-01-04
NGUYEN, Huu Y
Burnaby, BC

AND

DO, Thi Hanh Trang
Burnaby, BC
June 28, 2016
Burnaby, BC

FA s.33
Possess fish caught in contravention of regulations AND

FA s.63(1)
False statement either oral or written to Fishery Officer  AND

FA s.62
Obstruct or hinder a Fishery Officer 
Recreational Crab FA s. 33 $250 Court ordered fine (NGUYEN)

FA s. 63(1) $250 Court ordered fine (NGUYEN)

FA s. 62 $250 Court ordered fine (NGUYEN)

FA s. 62 $250 Court ordered fine (DO)

Forfeited 1 Female Dungeness Crab (Undersized) and 2 Male Red Rock Crab
2016-12-22
Queen Charlotte Fishing Lodge Ltd.
North Vancouver, BC
August 8, 2014.   Naden Harbour, Haida Gwaii, BC.

FGR s. 36(1) Possess halibut which the size cannot be readily determined.

FA Regs s. 15(5) Fail to mark a master container of sport caught fish with the identity of the owner; and day, month and year of packaging.

Four counts under BCFA s. 25(2) Fail to comply with Conditions of Sport-Caught Fish Processing Plant Licence: Fail to label individual packages as “Sport-Caught fish – Not for sale.”; fail to label individual packages with the species of fish; fail to label master containers as "Sport Caught Fish - not for sale"; and fail to label each master container with the address of the processing establishment.
Recreational:

Halibut, Chinook, Coho and Pink Salmon.
$35,000 Total fine

$3,000 Court Ordered Fine and $32,000 Order pursuant to s. 79.2(f) of the FA for the purpose of conservation and protection of salmon and salmon habitat in and around Haida Gwaii.

Forfeiture of :

28 fillets of halibut

Five boxes containing 38 Halibut and 11 Chinook; and

20 boxes of salmon containing 17 Chinook, 119 Coho and 6 Pink salmon.
2016-12-14
SCHAFHAUSER,
Jerome

Prince Rupert, BC
June 20, 2013 near Masset B.C.

Make a False/Misleading statement to a Fishery Officer
s. 63(1) FA

Failure to Comply With Licence Conditions i.e. Over Quota Chinook Salmon
s. 22(7) FGR
Chinook Salmon

Commercial Salmon Troll
$10,000 Court Ordered Fine 2016-12-08

Prince Rupert, BC
SUTHERLAND, Pius

Abbotsford, BC
July 31, 2015

FGR: 22(7) Fail to comply with a condition of licence- Retain prohibited Chinook salmon

FGR: 22(7) Fail to comply with a condition of licence: Fail to submit fish slip
Fishery: Commercial Groundfish Trawl

 
Total Penalties: $5,500 fine

One count:
FGR: 22(7)
$5,000 fine

One count:
FGR: 22(7)
$500 fine
2016-12-07
SZE-TO, Tony Yat Wah

Port Hardy, BC
July 6, 2016 Port Hardy, BC

MCFR s. 3(2)

Fish for or catch and retain prohibited species of fish.

BCSFR s. 35 (1)
Catch and retain certain fish in excess of the daily quota.
Cockles – CSSP

Red Rock Crab - Recreational
$1,000 total court ordered fine. 2016-11-29
SZE-TO, Mei Mei

Port Hardy, BC
July 6, 2016 Port Hardy, BC

MCFR s. 3(2)

Fish for or catch and retain a prohibited species of fish.
Cockles – CSSP $500 court ordered fine. 2016-11-29
SMITH, Alan, Kyuquot B.C.  June 08, 2014, Barkley Sound, B.C.  Fish Prawns in the closed time (area) Fisheries Act 25(1)  Commercial Prawn  $5,000.00 2016-11-25
FORBES, Trevor William
Nanaimo, BC
October 16 and October 29, 2013.  Queen Charlotte, BC.
Fisheries Act s. 25(1)Place gear in a closed area
Halibut and Groundfish $15,500. 2016/11/21
ORLEANS, Tyler, Prince Rupert, BC July 6th, 2016. FGR 22(7) – Fail to comply with conditions of License, Fail to Record Halibut - $500 Fine.

BCSFR 25 – Catch and retain more than the daily limit of Halibut - $100 Fine.
Pacific Halibut

Recreational Halibut Fishery
$600 Total fine amount and forfeiture of two Pacific halibut 2016/11/02
BASARABA, Weston, Prince Rupert, BC July 6th, 2016.FGR 22(7) – Fail to comply with conditions of License, Fail to Record Halibut- $500 Fine.

FGR 22(7) – Fail to comply with conditions of License, Fail to Record Chinook Salmon - $100 Fine.

BCSFR 25 – Catch and retain more than the daily limit of Halibut - $100 Fine.
Pacific Halibut

Chinook Salmon

Recreational Halibut and Salmon Fishery
$700 Total fine amount and forfeiture of two Pacific halibut and one Chinook salmon 2016/11/02
SUTHERLAND, Joseph

Powell River, BC 
August 26, 2016 near Powell River B.C.

Two counts, Fish for salmon with prohibited gear
s. 49 BCSFR

One count, Failure to maintain catch records
s. 22 BCSFR
Chinook Salmon

Recreational
$400 VPT

Forfeiture of 1 Chinook Salmon and 2 sets of terminal trolling gear.
2016-11-01

Powell River, BC