Maritimes Region

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Maritimes Region convictions under the Fisheries Act
Name and Place of Residence Charge Information (Section & Description) Species Penalties, Forfeitures, Prohibitions or Orders Dates of Conviction
Matthew Alexander Norton

Hubbards, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Lobster $500.00 Fine 2020/05/01
James Darrel Benham

Sable River, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,500.00 Fine 2020/04/08
Danny Roger Atwood

Clarks Harbour, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.
Possession of undersized halibut.
Halibut $2,000.00 Fine

Plus forfeiture of 4 undersized halibut.
2020/03/18
Neil Patrick MacMullin                                                  

Sydney Mines, N.S.
Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations, s88
No person shall fish for smelt in the waters set out in column I of an item of the table to this section by a method set out in column II of that item during the close time set out in column III of that item.
Smelt $2,000.00 Fine 2020/03/11
Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations, s87
No person engaged in recreational fishing for smelt with a dip net, by angling, or with a spear shall catch and retain more than 60 smelt in any day
Smelt $2,000.00 Fine
Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations, s105
No person shall fish for trout except by angling.
Trout $1,000.00 Fine
John Albert Tremblett                                                  

Sydney Mines, N.S.
Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations, s88
No person shall fish for smelt in the waters set out in column I of an item of the table to this section by a method set out in column II of that item during the close time set out in column III of that item.
Smelt $2,000.00 Fine 2020/03/11
Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations, s87
No person engaged in recreational fishing for smelt with a dip net, by angling, or with a spear shall catch and retain more than 60 smelt in any day
Smelt $2,000.00 Fine
Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations, s105
No person shall fish for trout except by angling.
Trout $1,000.00 Fine
Scott Dean Ritchie

Yarmouth, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s13(1)(c)
Permitting another person not named on licence to operate vessel while fishing.
Lobster $1,500.00 Fine 2020/03/11
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s13(1)(c)
Permitting another person not named on licence to operate vessel while fishing.
Note: two separate counts
Lobster $1,500.00 Fine
Trevor Daniel Young

Hampton, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(c)
Having a lobster trap on board a vessel during the close time set out in Schedule XIV.
Lobster $1,500.00 Fine 2020/03/11
Jordan James Penny                                    

Sydney Mines, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.

Interfered with lawful fishing by tampering with traps, nets, bait or any other thing used for fishing and is prohibited from interfering  with the conduct of fishing activities by another person.
Lobster $3,000.00 Fine 2020/03/03
Danny Thomas Bartlett

Yarmouth, N.S.
Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations, s7
No person carrying on fishing or any related activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.
Fish with or have onboard a vessel a lobster trap without a tag validated by DFO securely attached thereto.
Lobster $2,000.00 Fine 2020/03/01
Dennis Earl Naugler

Port Medway, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.
Fail to forthwith return incidentally caught cod.
Cod $1,000.00 Fine
Plus forfeiture of 10 pieces of cod.
2020/02/26
Corey Budgell                                           

Grand Manan, N.B.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(c) Having a lobster trap on board a vessel during the close time set out in Schedule XIV. Lobster $5,000.00 Fine 2020/02/25
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.
Lobster $3,000.00 Fine
Plus forfeiture of seized gear.
Justin Robie Orlando Guier

Annapolis Royal, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Lobster $400.00 Fine 2020/02/25
James Anthony Hines

East Pubnico, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,750.00 Fine 2020/02/24
Darryl Ronald Leblanc

Little River Harbour, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s48(1) 
Subject to subsections (2) and (4), no person shall fish for, buy, sell or have in his possession any mackerel that is less than 25 cm in length.
Mackerel $1,500.00 Fine
Plus forfeiture of mackerel valued at $275.00.
2020/02/21
Trent Darryl Atkinson

Clarks Harbour, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,500.00 Fine 2020/02/20
Derrick Briand

Balls Creek, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.

Incomplete Groundfish Monitoring document.
Halibut $2,500.00 Fine
plus forfeiture of the catch seized valued at $51,101.25.
2020/02/18
Randy Samuel Brewer

Granville Center, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Scallop $500.00 Fine 2020/02/18
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Scallop $600.00 Fine
Kelly Martin Osborne

Eastern Passage, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.
Fishing outside of the waters of Crab Fishing Area 24.
Snow crab $5,000.00 Fine
Plus forfeiture of 4 crab traps including associated ropes and buoys.
2020/02/12
Tristan Tyler Purdy

Yarmouth, N.S.
Fisheries Act, s20(4)(e)
No person shall fish in any manner within 23m downstream from the lower entrance to any fishway, obstruction or leap.
Gaspereau $300.00 Fine 2020/02/10
Fisheries Act, s62
No person shall obstruct or hinder a fishery officer, a fishery guardian or an inspector who is carrying out duties or functions under this Act.
Gaspereau $200.00 Fine
Colton Levi Leblanc

Tusket, N.S.
Fisheries Act, s20(4)(e)
No person shall fish in any manner within 23m downstream from the lower entrance to any fishway, obstruction or leap.
Gaspereau $300.00 Fine 2020/02/10
Riley Roberts Symonds

Tusket, N.S.
Fisheries Act, s20(4)(e)
No person shall fish in any manner within 23m downstream from the lower entrance to any fishway, obstruction or leap.
Gaspereau $300.00 Fine 2020/02/10
Albert Joseph Drake

Rose Bay, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(3)
No person shall possess, in a Lobster Fishing Area set out in column I of an item of Schedule XIV, any claw, tail or meat that has been separated from the thorax or carapace of a lobster.
Lobster $1,000.00 Fine
Plus forfeiture of 43 lobster claws.
2020/02/05
Mark Allan MacKenzie    

Lower Argyle, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s27(1)(a)
It is prohibited for any person to set, operate or leave unattended in the water any fishing gear other than mobile gear or handlines unless where a vessel registration number is set out in the licence authorizing the use of that gear or the vessel registration number.
Jonah Crab $1,000.00 Fine
Plus prohibited from fishing in the Jonah Crab fishery, as either crew or captain, anywhere in Canadian fishing waters for a period of one (1) year from February 1st, 2020 at 00:01 a.m. to January 31st, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.; Prohibited from fishing in the lobster fishery, as either crew or captain, in Lobster Fishing Area 34 (LFA 34) for five (5) days, commencing at 6:00 a.m. on the opening day of LFA 34 for the 2020/2021 season until 6:00 a.m. on the 6th day of the season; A condition that he have a functioning Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) on any vessel he is the captain of commencing March 1st, 2020 at 00:01 a.m. to February 28th, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.; A condition that he have a dockside monitor present for 100% of the time while fishing for groundfish for one (1) year commencing March 1, 2020; A condition that he have a dockside observer present for 100% of the time while fishing for Jonah Crab for one (1) year commencing March 1, 2021; He will not have any Jonah Crab traps or lobster traps aboard his vessel during the prohibition periods.
2020/01/28
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.
Did block the escape panels on traps.
Jonah Crab $1,000.00 Fine
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s115.2
No person shall leave fishing gear unattended in the water for more than 72 consecutive hours.
Jonah Crab $1,000.00 Fine
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,000.00 Fine
Fishery (General) Regulations, s27(1)(a)
It is prohibited for any person to set, operate or leave unattended in the water any fishing gear other than mobile gear or handlines unless where a vessel registration number is set out in the licence authorizing the use of that gear or the vessel registration number.
Jonah Crab $1,000.00 Fine
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s115.2
No person shall leave fishing gear unattended in the water for more than 72 consecutive hours.
Jonah Crab $1,000.00 Fine
Chad Andrew Douglas
Bras d'Or, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.

Interfered with lawful fishing by tampering with traps, nets, bait or any other thing used for fishing and is prohibited from interfering  with the conduct of fishing activities by another person.
Lobster $3,000.00 Fine 2020-01-30
Gary Elie Pothier
Wedgeport, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.

Improperly completed logbook.
Herring $2,500.00 Fine 2020-01-28
Ricky Wayne Atkinson
West Head, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s48(1) 
Subject to subsections (2) and (4), no person shall fish for, buy, sell or have in his possession any mackerel that is less than 25 cm in length.
Mackerel $1,750.00 Fine
plus forfeiture of mackerel (valued at $2,075.00), gillnet, 4 hand lines with mackerel flies attached, 4 weights and 1 lobster crate.
2020-01-28
Chris Lasnier
Oyster Pond, Jeddore, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.

Failure to complete logbook.
Lobster $1,000.00 Fine 2020-01-27
Kyle Lauriston Tidd
Smith's Cove, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Lobster $400.00 Fine 2020-01-27
Michael Scott Edwards
Annapolis Royal, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Scallop $750.00 Fine 2020-01-27
James Anthony Thibodeau
Waterford, N.S.    
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,000.00 Fine 2020-01-27
Daniel Earl Crocker
Freeport, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $5,000.00 Fine
plus forfeiture of the boat, traps and gear (approximate value of $100.00 – all in poor condition).
2020-01-21
Daniel Earl Crocker
Freeport, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s61.1(a)(ii)
No person shall fish a lobster trap unless it has an opening no less than 89 mm in height and 152 mm in width and that is fastened to the lobster trap with uncoated ferrous metal wire, other than of stainless steel, that does not exceed 1.6 mm diameter.
Lobster $1,000.00 Fine 2020-01-21
Jonathan Andrew Denton
Northfield, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Scallop $500.00 Fine 2020-01-20
Jonathan Andrew Denton
Northfield, N.S.
Criminal Code, s145(5)(b)
Every person is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than two years, or is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction, who is bound to comply with an order under subsection 515(12), 516(2) or 522(2.1) and who fails, without lawful excuse, to comply with that order.
Scallop $200.00 Fine 2020-01-20
Jonathan Pickles
Bear River, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Scallop $400.00 Fine 2020-01-20
Travis Lee Welch
Westport, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Lobster $600.00 Fine 2020-01-20
Robert James Nicholl
Digby, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.
Fishing with non-operational VMS.
Scallop $2,000.00 Fine
(4 counts at $500.00 per count)
2020-01-16
Dylan Mark Small
Digby, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Scallop $400.00 Fine 2020-01-16
Steven David Grant
Greenwood, N.S.
Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations, s7
No person carrying on fishing or any related activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.
Lobster $3,500.00 Fine 2020-01-16
Steven David Grant
Greenwood, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s59(3)
No person shall buy, sell or have in their possession any female lobster with eggs attached.
Lobster $1,000.00 Fine 2020-01-16
Larry, Fraser
Sydney Mines, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s61(1)
No person shall fish for lobster except from a vessel and with a lobster trap.
Lobster $600.00 Fine 2020-01-13
Cody Duane Small
Grand Manan, N.B.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.

Retained incidental catch of shark in an amount that exceeded 10% of the total weight of groundfish landed.
Groundfish $1,500.00 Fine 2020-01-08
Jules Leo d'Entremont
Barrington, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s22(7)
No person carrying out any activity under the authority of a licence shall contravene or fail to comply with any condition of the licence.
Did fail to maintain an up to date record of his fishing logbook.
Groundfish $2,000 fine 2019-12-19
Frank Glen Tredwell
Glace Bay, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(2)
Possession of undersized lobster in a Lobster Fishing Area.
Lobster $3,000 fine plus forfeiture of 12 lobsters. 2019-12-10
Shawn Patrick Boudreau
Arichat, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s13(1)(c)
Permitting another person not named on licence to operate vessel while fishing.
Lobster $2,500 fine 2019-12-09
Teddy Allan Lawson
Bear River, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s13(1)(c)
Permitting another person not named on licence to operate vessel while fishing.
Lobster $2,500 fine
2019-12-09
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