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
Ryan Charles Nickerson

Barrington, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(2)
No person shall possess, in a Lobster Fishing Area set out in column I of an item of Schedule XIV, a lobster of a length that is less than the length set out in column III of that item.
Lobster $2,000.00 Fine 2020-10-29
Ryan Charles Nickerson

Barrington, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s13(1)(b)
No person shall use a vessel, and no owner of a vessel shall permit another person to use the vessel, in fishing for any species of fish referred to in these regulations unless the use of the vessels to fish for that species is authorized by a license.
Lobster $2,000.00 Fine 2020-10-29
Eric Louis Thibault,

Comeauville, N.S.
Fisheries Act, s63(1)
Did make a false or misleading statement to a fishery officer who was carrying out duties or functions under the Fisheries Act.
Lobster $10,000.00 Fine

plus a $10,000.00 payment to the Environmental Damages Fund and a  Forfeiture Order for 11,628 pounds of seized lobster (a value of $57,910.00).
2020-10-20
Tyler Linton

Grand Manan, N.B
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Lobster $300.00 Fine 2020-10-14
Jacob Bagley

Grand Manan, N.B
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(a)
Fishing for a species of fish set out in Schedule 1 without a fisher’s registration card.
Lobster $300.00 Fine 2020-10-14
Douglas L. Karsten,

Jeddore, 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 $1,000.00 Fine 2020-10-13
Collis Randolph Francis

Beaver Dam, N.S.
Fisheries Act, s43.4(1)
Every person acting under the authority of a permission referred to in section 4 or a lease or license, whether issued under this Act or provincial legislation, shall comply with any terms and conditions of the permission, lease or license that are imposed under the authority of this Act.
Halibut $3,000.00 Fine

plus forfeiture of 2,905 pounds of halibut valued at $17,033.00.
2020-10-07
Michael Andrew Millard

Jeddore Oyster Pond, 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 2020-10-01
Tyler Nicholas Vanbuskirk
Gunning Cove, N.S.
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.
Lobster $1,500 Fine 2020-09-30
Eric Milton Cottreau
Wedgeport, 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 Fine 2020-09-29
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 $2,000 Fine
Nathan Alexander Adams
Yarmouth, 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 $300 Fine 2020-09-22
Joshua Leslie Cleveland
Middle West Pubnico, N.S.
Fisheries Act, s43.4(1)
Every person acting under the authority of a permission referred to in section 4 or a lease or licence, whether issued under this Act or provincial legislation, shall comply with any terms and conditions of the permission, lease or licence that are imposed under the authority of this Act.
Lobster $2,500 Fine 2020-09-15
Alex Christopher Reardon
Sydney Mines, 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.
Halibut $1,000 Fine 2020-09-14
Maynard Matthews
Saint John, 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.
Fishing with non-operational VMS.
Scallops $2,000 Fine
(4 counts at $500 per count)
2020-09-03
Kyle Jacob Cline
Beaver Harbour, N.B.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s13(1)(b)
No person shall use a vessel, and no owner of a vessel shall permit another person to use the vessel, in fishing for any species of fish referred to in these Regulations unless the use of the vessel to fish for that species of fish is authorized by a licence.

Scallops $10,000 Fine
plus 1 year suspension of commercial scallop license.

2020-09-03
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 have all fishing gear on board the vessel unshackled and stowed.
Scallops $1,500 Fine
Gary Gray
Salt Springs, N.B.
Atlantic Fisheries Regulations, s91(3)(a)
No person engaged in recreational fishing for groundfish shall, in any day, catch and retain more than a quota of ten groundfish of all species in the aggregate, comprising a total of not more than five cod, haddock and pollock.
Groundfish $300 Fine 2020-09-01
Kevin Al MacAulay
Grand River, 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 female lobster with impressions.
Lobster $5,000 Fine
plus prohibition from fishing the last 72 hours of the 2021 LFA 30 lobster season.
2020-08-31
Clayton Alfred Stewart
Barrington Passage, N.S.
Fisheries Act, s43.4(1)
Every person acting under the authority of a permission referred to in section 4 or a lease or licence, whether issued under this Act or provincial legislation, shall comply with any terms and conditions of the permission, lease or licence that are imposed under the authority of this Act.

Lobster $2,500 Fine 2020-08-27
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(2)
Possession of undersized lobster in a Lobster Fishing Area.
Lobster $3,000 Fine
Philip Leslie Chetwynd
Port Clyde, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s115.2
No person shall leave fishing gear unattended in the water for more than 72 consecutive hours.
Lobster $2,000 Fine 2020-08-27
Matthew Shane Ross
Barrington, N.S.
Fisheries Act, s34.3(4)(e)
No person shall fish in any manner within 23 m downstream from the lower entrance to any fishway, obstruction or leap.
Gaspereau $800 Fine 2020-08-27
Vincent Guptill
Grand Manan, N.B.
Atlantic Fisheries Regulations, s63(1)
Fishing for scallops during the close time.
Scallop $1,000 Fine
plus forfeiture of proceeds from 131 lbs of seized scallops ($1,146.25)
2020-08-19
Manus Churchill Hemeon
Carelton Village, N.S.
Fisheries Act, s33
No person shall purchase, sell or possess any fish that has been caught in contravention of this Act or the regulations.
Lobster
$2,500 Fine
plus forfeiture of 53 traps, ropes, buoys, and 3 lobster crates.

2020-08-19
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s14(1)(b)
Fishing for a species without being authorized.
Lobster $2,500 Fine
plus proceeds from sale of catch valued at $1,666.00.
James Ronald Morash
Birchtown, N.S.
Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations, s3(2)
Notwithstanding any other regulations made under the Fisheries Act, where a Regional Director General issues an order under subsection (1) in respect of an area, no person shall, in that area, fish for or catch and retain any species of fish specified in the order unless: (a) the person is the holder of a licence issued under subsection 4(1) and is carrying that licence; or (b) the person is named in a licence issued under subsection 4(1) and is carrying a copy of that licence.
Soft Shell Clams $200 Fine
plus forfeiture of 4 seized clams.
2020-08-19
Jason Ronald Morash
Lockeport, N.S.
Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations, s3(2)
Notwithstanding any other regulations made under the Fisheries Act, where a Regional Director General issues an order under subsection (1) in respect of an area, no person shall, in that area, fish for or catch and retain any species of fish specified in the order unless: (a) the person is the holder of a licence issued under subsection 4(1) and is carrying that licence; or (b) the person is named in a licence issued under subsection 4(1) and is carrying a copy of that licence.
Soft Shell Clams $200 Fine 2020-08-19
Spencer Samual Warner
Tusket, 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 $300 Fine 2020-08-17
André Jean Maillet
Meteghan River, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s53(c)
No person shall have in his possession in a Crab Fishing Area, any crab part or crab meat separated from the carapace of a crab.
Jonah Crab $1,000 Fine 2020-08-17
Matthew James Amirault
Lower East Pubnico, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,600 Fine 2020-08-17
Dilan James Leblanc
Lower East Pubnico, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,600 Fine 2020-08-17
Garth Steven Nickerson
Lower East Pubnico, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,600 Fine 2020-08-17
Charles Mckay Nickerson
Shelburne, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,600 Fine 2020-08-17
Trevor Charles Malone
Barrington, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,600 Fine 2020-08-17
Derek Patrick d'Entremont
Middle West Pubnico, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,600 Fine 2020-08-17
Jean Guy d'Entremont
Lower West Pubnico, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,600 Fine 2020-08-17
Thomas David d'Entremont
Pubnico, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(1)(a)
Fishing for Lobster during a closed time.
Lobster $1,600 Fine 2020-08-17
Gregory Joseph Surette
Melbourne, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(2)
Possession of undersized lobster in a Lobster Fishing Area.
Lobster $2,500 Fine 2020-08-17
Philip Leslie Chetwynd
Yarmouth, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s115.2
No person shall leave fishing gear unattended in the water for more than 72 consecutive hours.
Lobster $2,000 Fine 2020-08-10
Robert Nathaniel Gabriel
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 $2,000 Fine
plus forfeiture of dip net and 313 gaspereau.
2020-08-10
Kenneth Boyde Macleod
Murray River, P.E.I.
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.
Removing flesh from a Bluefin tuna between the second dorsal fin and the tail prior to offload.
Bluefin Tuna $2,500 Fine 2020-08-06
Maynard St. Clair Malloy
Mill Village, N.S.
Fishery (General) Regulations, s25(2)
No person whose licence is suspended under section 9 or 79.1 of the Act shall, during the period of suspension, (a) engage in fishing for any species of fish for which fishing was authorized by the licence; or (b) be on board a vessel engaged in fishing for any species of fish for which fishing was authorized by the licence.
Lobster $1,000 Fine
plus licence suspension for the entire 2020/2021 lobster fishing season.
2020-07-21
Warren Sydney Getson
Port Medway, N.S.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s13(1)(b)
No person shall use a vessel, and no owner of a vessel shall permit another person to use the vessel, in fishing for any species of fish referred to in these Regulations unless the use of the vessel to fish for that species of fish is authorized by a licence.
Groundfish $750 Fine
plus forfeiture of the catch (valued at $1,783.70).
2020-07-08
Francis Michael Timmins
Big 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 Fine
2020-07-07
Stewart Havelock Taylor
Musquash, N.B.
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s57(2)
Possession of undersized lobster in a Lobster Fishing Area.
Lobster $4,000 Fine
plus 3 day fishing licence suspension for the fall lobster fishery.
2020-07-07
Fisheries Act, s43.4(1)
Every person acting under the authority of a permission referred to in section 4 or a lease or licence, whether issued under this Act or provincial legislation, shall comply with any terms and conditions of the permission, lease or licence that are imposed under the authority of this Act.
Lobster $4,000 Fine
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, s59(3)
No person shall buy, sell or have in their possession any female lobster with eggs attached.
Lobster $3,000 Fine
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