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
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
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
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
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
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
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

ORR, Jason
Sidney, BC

Between August 21, 2015 and August 25, 2015, Masset, BC.

FA s. 33, Possess Fish Caught in Contravention of the Fisheries Act.

Halibut, Recreational Fishery

$1000 Total Penalty

$250 Court Ordered Fine and $750 Order pursuant to s. 79.2(f) of the FA

2016-07-29

KLOBCHAR, Bruce

Comox, BC
July 15, 2016 Grant Reefs
BCSFR 49 (X2) Fish for salmon with barbed hooks
Recreational Salmon $300.00 ticket
Forfeiture of 2 lures
2016-07-29
KELLY, Simon
Whistler, BC
August 25, 2015.

Section 43 BCSFR

Fish for salmon during closed time (near Rivers Inlet,BC)
Salmon-recreational fishery $5,000 total penalty.

$500 Court Ordered Fine and $4,500 Payment Order.
2016-07-28
MCCURRIE, Ryan
Grand Prairie, Alberta
   June 24, 2016 Sangster   Island
BCSFR 49, Fish for salmon with barbed hooks
BCSFR 22, Failure to maintain catch records
BCSFR 44, Catch and retain wild Coho Salmon
Recreational Salmon $400.00 ticket
Forfeiture of 2 lures, 1 Coho Salmon,
1 Chinook Salmon
2016-07-28

KIM, Bok Yong
Nanaimo BC

June 20, 2016 Nanaimo
BCSFR 13(1) possess more than twice daily quota of oysters

Oysters- Recreational

$250 ticket 2016-07-26
KIM, Soo Duk Nanaimo BC June 20, 2016 Nanaimo
BCSFR 13(1) possess more than twice daily quota of oysters
Oysters- Recreational $250 ticket 2016-07-26
LI, Mai Qi
North Saanich BC
June 24, 2016 Nanaimo
BCSFR 13(1) possess more than twice daily quota of oysters
BCSFR 18(a) Fish without a licence
Oysters- Recreational $250 ticket - total
$150 for section 13(1)
$100 for section 18(a)
2016-07-26

Yat Ming Enterprises LTD.
Vancouver , BC

December 10, 2015

Delta, BC

FA Sec 33
Illegal purchase of crab and prawn  harvested in a closed time.

Dungeness Crab – Commercial
Prawn - Commercial

$72,500.00 Fine

Court Order under s. 72 (A) and s. 79.2 (B)

IT IS HEREBY ORDERED THAT, having regard to the nature of the offence and the circumstances surrounding its commission, for a period of two years,
(a) This order is limited in its application to Dungeness crab and spot prawn harvested in Canadian territorial waters (“Local”);
(b) The Yat Ming Enterprises Ltd. (the “Company”) must not receive any Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn deliveries between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m.;
(c) The Company must submit to DFO the time periods in which Local Dungeness crab and Local spot prawn deliveries to the Company occur (the “Time Periods”);
(d) The Company must not receive Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn deliveries outside the Time Periods;
(e) Upon receipt of Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn provided directly from the fisher, the Company must forthwith send a log by email to a designated fishery officer listing the
i. quantity of the Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn,
ii. geographical origin of the Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn,
iii. the percentage or number of undersized crabs in the shipment,
iv. gender of the Local Dungeness crab by number or percentage,
v. price of the Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn,
vi. time and date of receipt of the Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn,
vii. the name and contact information of the fisher of the Dungeness crab or spot prawn,
viii. the name and contact information of the deliverer, if different from the fisher, of the Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn, and
ix. the exact tank where the Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn is being stored.
(f) If the Company purchases Local Dungeness crab or Local spot prawn from a reseller then the Company must forthwith send a log by email to a designated fishery officer listing
i. the name and contact information of the reseller,
ii. the time and date of delivery,
iii. the quantity of Local Dungeness Crab or Local spot prawn purchased.

2016-07-22
Scott Stanley Matthew STEER

Nanaimo, BC
February 25, 2016

Breach of Recognizance Curfew Breach - Section 145(3)(B)of Criminal Code
  21 Days in jail 2016-07-21
HO, My Danny
Burnaby, BC
Between August 14th and August 27th 2015 Sechelt, BC.
Fish Closed Time (Fishing Within a Dioxin Closure) s. 25(1) FA
Sell Fish Caught in Contravention of the Fisheries Act s. 33 FA
Dungeness Crab-Commercial $20,000 Court Ordered Fine To Be Paid In Two $10,000 Installments. 2016-07-20
CAO, Li Qui
Toronto Ont.
July 7, 2016 Courtenay
BCSFR 35(1) catch and retain in excess of  daily quota of clams
Manila clams-recreational $300 ticket 2016-07-19
HUANG, Guo X
Vancouver BC
July 7, 2016 Courtenay
BCSFR 35(1) catch and retain in excess of  daily quota of clams
Manila clams-recreational $300 ticket 2016-07-19
LI, Min Xia
Richmond BC
July 7, 2016 Courtenay
BCSFR 35(1) catch and retain in excess of  daily quota of clams
Manila clams-recreational $300 ticket 2016-07-19
YE, Baoer
Toronto Ont.
July 7, 2016 Courtenay
BCSFR 35(1) catch and retain in excess of  daily quota of clams
Manila clams-recreational $300 ticket 2016-07-19
YE, Yan Hua
Richmond BC
July 7, 2016 Courtenay
BCSFR 35(1) catch and retain in excess of  daily quota of clams
Manila clams-recreational $300 ticket 2016-07-19
Ye, Yaogi
Richmond BC
July 7, 2016 Courtenay
BCSFR 35(1) catch and retain in excess of  daily quota of clams
Manila clams-recreational $300 ticket 2016-07-19
LI, Huilin July 13,2016 Nanaimo
BCSFR 13(1) possess more than twice daily quota of clams and
BCSFR 13(1) possess more than twice daily quota of oysters
Manila clams oysters-recreational Total fine $2000
$1000 ticket each count
2016-07-14
Jian, Yunhua July 13,2016 Nanaimo
BCSFR 13(1) possess more than twice daily quota of clams and
BCSFR 13(1) possess more than twice daily quota of oysters
Manila clams
Oysters-recreational
Total fine $2000
$1000 ticket each count
2016-07-14
GARNIER,  Ian
Jeffrey

Courtenay, BC
Between September 9th, 2011 through November 13th, 2012 in Queen Charlotte Sound, BC.

FGR S. 34(2) Dumping commercial fish.

PFR S.30 fishing in closed area.

FGR 22(7) Fail to comply with Conditions of Licence – 6 counts:
Fail to retain rockfish; Hailing out less than 8 hours prior to the commencement of fishing; and 4 logbook violations.
Groundfish -Commercial Trawl Fishery  $10,000 Court Ordered Total Fine. 2016-07-08
McNEIL, Bradley
James Duncan, B.C.
Nov. 20, 2014 Port McNeill Fishery General Regs. 35(2) Illegal purchase of halibut Halibut $1,000.00 fine, forfeiture of 37.19 kilograms halibut 2016-06-29
PAL, Tony
Coquitlam, B.C.
May 22, 2016 – Narvaez Bay, Saturna Island, B.C. BCSFR – 13(1) over possession
Lingcod BCSFR – 13(1) over possession rockfish
Lingcod and Rockfish – Recreational Fishery Voluntary Payment Ticket

Lingcod - $250
Rockfish - $750

Forfeiture of lingcod and rockfish
2016-06-16
SCHATZ, James Thompson
Masset, BC
December 22, 2015. Masset, BC.  BCSFR s.34 Fish for certain fish during closed time. Shellfish-Scallops
CSSP
Ticket $250, Forfeiture of 5 gal bucket and 16 Weathervane scallops 2016/06/15