Pacific region

To report suspicious fishing activity or habitat violations, please contact the nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office, or call the 24-hour, toll-free Observe, Record, Report line at: 1-800-465-4336.

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
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
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
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
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
MILNE, Trevor L.
Campbell River, BC
July16, 2016.  Beano Creek, BC
BCSFR s. 22 Fail to record Chinook salmon
BCSFR s. 49 Fish for salmon with prohibited gear (barbed hooks)
BCSFR s. 25(1) Possess Yelloweye rockfish greater than the daily limit
Chinook & fin fish spp.
Recreational fishery
Ticket issued for $400.  Warning issued for possessing fish (Lingcod) that could not be measured.
Forfeiture of 1 Yelloweye rockfish, one flasher and Anchovy teaser head with barbed hooks
2016-10-13
ANDERSON, Chase P.
Campbell River, BC
July 16, 2016.  Rosa Harbour, BC
BCSFR s. 49 Fish for salmon with prohibited gear (barbed hooks)
BCSFR s. 48 Catch and retain undersize Chinook salmon
Chinook salmon
Recreational fishery
Ticket issued for $350.  Warning issued for failure to record Chinook salmon on licence.
Forfeiture of one flasher and spoon with barbed hooks.
2016-10-07
PUZON, Arvin Agustin
Burnaby, BC
July 7, 2016
Burnaby, BC

BCSFR  s.37(1)(b)
Catch and retain a Dungeness crab that measures less than 165mm
Recreational
Crab
BCSFR s. 37(1)(b) $450 ticket

Forfeited 7 Dungeness crabs
2016-10-07
MCNEILL,  Michael Stanley

Prince Rupert, BC
June 26, 2015.   Cumshewa Inlet, Haida Gwaii, BC.

FGR S.22(7) Fail to comply with Conditions of Licence, setting
and hauling of prawn gear during closed time.

FGR S. 22(7) Fail to comply with Conditions of Licence, while commercially fishing, only prawns caught under the commercial licence may be retained and on board the vessel.

FA S. 33 Sell fish caught in contravention of the FA.
Spot Prawn-Commercial Fishery $20,000 Total Penalty:
$3,000 Court Ordered Fine and $17,000 Order  pursuant to S. 79.2(f) of the FA for the purpose of conservation and protection of fisheries and fish habitat in and around Haida Gwaii

Forfeiture of $2,315; the proceeds from the prawns seized.  

3 year FA Prohibition from participating in the commercial prawn fishery or holding a commercial prawn licence.

2 year FA Order to advise C&P-DFO all Food, Social, Ceremonial fishing trips for prawn, and the quantity of prawn landed.
2016-10-04

TARNOWSKI, Joe L.
Union Bay BC

Union Bay BC       BCSFR  S. 29 (1) retain Undersize Lingcod      

Lingcod

$150 and Forfeit Lingcod 2016-09-30
BCSFR  S. 22- Fail to Record Chinook Salmon $100 and Forfeit Chinook Salmon
WANG, Shao Hua
North Vancouver, BC
August 25, 2016
Belcarra Park, BC

BCSFR  s.37(1)(b)
Catch and retain a Dungeness crab that measures less than 165mm
Recreational
Crab
BCSFR  s. 37(1)(b) $250 ticket

Forfeited 3 Dungeness crabs
2016-09-29
KAUFMAN, David Charles
Sointula, BC
Between October 3 to 12, October 17 to 21 and October 26 to November 10 of 2015. Port Hardy, BC. FGR s.22 (7) Fail to comply with condition of licence - did fail to record Daily Catch Report Confirmation Numbers within six hours following the completion of a fishery opening. Chum salmon - commercial fishery $3,000 court-order fine. 2016-09-20
GUO, Zhu Hua
Burnaby, BC
July 30, 2016
Burnaby, BC

BCSFR 24(1)
Fish for fin fish in a closed area
Recreational
Fin Fish
BCSFR s. 24(1) $250  ticket

Forfeited 6 Perch
2016-09-13
FEHR, Bruce James
Coldstream, BC
August 23, 2016. Mabel Lake near Lumby BC.  BCSFR S.63 Fish with prohibited gear; S.6(1)(a) Angle with more than 1 line Chinook salmon
Recreational fishery
Ticket $300 2016-09-13
STEER, Scott Stanley Matthew Aug. 11, 2015 Campbell River
Fisheries Act s. 79.6(a) 6 Counts of contraveneing a court order by acquiring an interest in a vessel, and possessing fishing gear.
Crab

Plead guilty to two counts.  Sentenced to 80 days in jail on each count concurrent with credit applied for 80 days time served. Judge indicated it was “barely within the range of fit sentences”. 
s. 79.1 & 79.2 Twenty-two (22) year prohibition from applying for and lease or license under the Fisheries Act, to not be on board any fishing vessel and to not possess or acquire interest, in any such vessel or license, and to not own or possess any fishing gear of any kind.
Forefeiture of all fishing gear including a davit, hydraulic pump, outboard engine, crab fishing gear, other miscellaneous fishing gear.

2016-09-12
Orcutt, Albert Wade
Errington BC
July 13, 2016 Lasqueti Island BCSFR 24(1) Fish in closed area
BCSFR 29(1)(d) retain undersize lingcod
Lingcod $400 ticket -1 lingcod forfeited
(SECTION 24(1)- $250
SECTION (29(1)(d) - $150)
2016-09-12
LEE, Yan
Langley, BC
July 13, 2016
Burnaby, BC

BCSFR 24(1)
Fish for fish in a closed area 
Clam BCSFR s. 24(1) $250  ticket

Forfeited 6 clams and 30 shore crabs
2016-09-09
OBUSAN, Orlando Surrey, BC April 15, 2016 Burnaby, BC. 22(7) FGR Contravene licence condition 37(1)(b) BCSFR Catch and retain undersized Dungeness crab Dungeness crab $1800 fine for S. 22(7) $200 fine for S.37(1)(b) 2016-09-09
Scott Stanley Mathew STEER

Gabriola Island, B.C.
July 21, 2015

Vancouver, B.C.

3 counts:

S. 79(6)(b) FA Fail to comply with a court order by: possessing a fishing vessel; possession of fishing gear; and possessing or acquiring interest in a commercial fishing license or vessel (“Our Bro”)
Dungeness Crab 60 days in jail

17 year Fisheries Act Prohibition Order

Forfeiture of the Commercial fishing vessel “Miss Haliyah”

Forfeiture of a boat trailer

Forfeiture of all associated fishing gear

Forfeiture of an Apple iPad

Forfeiture of all crab traps found and retrieved from the permanent closure area within Vancouver Harbour
2016-09-07
Taylor James Allan GUERIN

&

John Peter CAMPBELL

Musqueam, North Vancouver, BC
PFR Sec 63, fish during closed time.

FA Sec 33, sell fish during closed time.
Spot Prawn $4500 fine for each defendant. ($9000 total).

Court ordered 100 hours community service each defendant.

5 year prohibition from participating in the commercial prawn fishery, or holding a commercial prawn licence.
2016-09-02
CROUCH, James
Chemainus, BC
August 10, 2016. Tahsis, BC.
4 Counts:
BCSFR s.41 Fish with illegal crab trap (no rot cord)
Dungeness crab
Recreational fishery
Ticket issued for $600.  Warning issued for not identifying fishing gear with owners name. 2016-08-29
GRUMBACH, Larry
Port Alberni, BC
July 31, 2016. Tofino, BC.
BCSFR s.24(1) Fish for fin fish during a closed time (fish within Rockfish Conservation Area)
Rockfish spp.
Recreational fishery
Ticket issued for $250 2016-08-29
WOODS, Gary

Courtenay, BC
May 10, 2016 Grant Reefs
BCSFR 49, Fish for salmon with barbed hooks
BCSFR 22, Failure to maintain catch records
Recreational Salmon $250.00 ticket                 
Forfeiture of 1 Chinook Salmon
2016-08-25
Scott Stanley
Matthew STEER

Nanaimo, BC
April 10, 2016

Contravene order made under section 79.2 of the Fisheries Act (possess fishing gear – 8 counts)
  45 days in jail

12 year ban
  • not to apply for new lease or licence
  • not to be onboard any fishing vessel
  • not possess or acquire any interest in any such vessel or licence
  • not to own or possess any fishing gear of any kind
Forfeiture of Fishing Vessel HOLLY V and all seized items

$1,600 Victim Surcharge
2016-08-25
DAVIDSON, Timothy A
Coombs BC
August 1, 2016 Lasqueti Island.
BCSFR 24(1) Fish in closed area
Rockfish $250 ticket 2016-08-24
MERKOSKY, Raphael

Lund, BC
June 24, 2016 Lund BC
BCSFR 49, Fish for salmon with barbed hooks
BCSFR 22 (X2) Failure to maintain catch records
Recreational Salmon $350.00 ticket
Forfeiture of lure
2016-08-17
ALLEN, Jordan Bruce Daniel

Maple Ridge, BC
July 19, 2016, Masset, BC

FGR s.22(7); licence conditions, retained oversized halibut.

FA s.63(2); provide false information in application for licence.
Pacific Halibut, Recreational $1500 Total Penalty

FGR s.22(7); $50 court ordered fine and $950 Order pursuant to s.79(2) of the FA.

FA s.63(2); $50 court ordered fine and $450 Order pursuant to s. 79(2) of the FA.
2016-08-16
SEA, David Tai
Burnaby BC
August 5, 2016 Schooner Cove
BCSFR 49 (x2) fish for salmon with barbed hooks
Salmon - Recreational $300 ticket Forfeiture of two lures 2016-08-16
GILLIE, John David
Tofino, BC
August 3, 2016. Tofino, BC
BCSFR  s.29 (1)(d) Catch and retain undersize lingcod (<65cm)
BCSFR s. 44 Catch and retain salmon in excess of daily quota (wild Coho)
Coho salmon /lingcod
Recreational fishery
Ticket issued for $300.   Warning issued for fishing for salmon with prohibited gear (barbed hooks).

Forfeiture of one wild Coho salmon and one undersize Lingcod
2016-08-15
NG Fung Enterprises 1999 Ltd.

Chi Fai “Patrick” KWOK, CEO

Richmond, BC
January 24, 2014

NG Fung Enterprises 1999 Ltd Unit 5-2351 Simpson Road Richmond, B.C.

S. 32(2) SARA No person shall possess, collect, buy, sell or trade any protected species of wildlife

S. 62 Fisheries Act No person shall obstruct or hinder a Fishery Officer who is carrying out duties under the Fisheries Act
Northern Abalone

Unlicensed Fishery – prohibited species
$67,500 fine

Convicted of 3 counts

1640 individual pieces of Northern Abalone - forfeited

$10,000 fine Convicted of 1 count
2016-08-15
MACDONALD, Donald D
Nanaimo BC
July 13, 2016 Lasqueti Island
BCSFR 24(1) fish in closed area
Finfish - Recreational $250 ticket 2016-08-10