Saturday, January 10, 2015

DFO outlines background on conviction from 2014 offence

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans provided some background on a court victory this week stemming from offences placed during the 2014 salmon season.

The case involved a Prince Rupert Commercial Fisherman, Michael Andrew Bullock who was skippering the vessel Hopeful during last summer's salmon season.

He was charged with contravening the conditions of his licence by failing to have it validated by an observer during offloading from the Area F troll fishery.

Mr. Bullock entered a guilty plea in Prince Rupert Provincial court and was fined $3,000 for his offence as well as having to forfeit his landed catch of chinook salmon, valued at $10,791.

On Thursday, DFO reviewed some of the key aspects of current fishing regulations, among the major points:

Catch validation in this fishery is mandatory and must be performed dockside by a service provider approved by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. 

A comprehensive risk‐based monitoring and catch reporting program is essential for evaluating and reporting a fishery's progress towards long‐term sustainability. 

Accurate data reporting is integral to the management of British Columbia's fisheries, and comprehensive monitoring and reporting systems can help to maintain or improve access to fishing opportunities for harvesters, coastal communities and other stakeholders. 

A robust monitoring and catch reporting system across all Pacific fisheries inspires increased public confidence, fosters collaborative management, and supports an ecosystem approach.

You can review more about the recently completed court case from DFO's media release here, more on compliance and enforcement issues can be found from the Fisheries and Oceans website.

For more items related to the North Coast Fishing industry see our archive page here.

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