Comment on proposed ticketing for minor fisheries violations
Current status: Closed
This engagement ran from November 28, 2018, to January 11, 2019.
We sought feedback on proposed ticketing for minor fishing offences enforced under the following regulations:
- Fishery (General) Regulations
- Pacific Fishery Regulations, 1993
- Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985
- Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations
- British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations, 1996
We previously consulted on using the Contraventions Act ticketing regime for the enforcement of minor fishery offences. We focused on feedback for proposed fishing offences that would be considered minor and the associated ticket amounts for these offences.
Who was the focus of this consultation
We sought comments from:
- commercial fishers
- recreational fishers
- Indigenous peoples
- members of the public
- provincial governments
Why we proposed a minor offence ticketing regime
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.
- Background on use of the Contraventions Act ticketing regime
- Overview of the first phase of consultation
- Sample of Proposed Tickets
DFO Ticketing Consultation
200 Kent St
Ottawa ON K1A 0E6
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