|Getting too close to Marine life near Prince Rupert has|
resulted in a significant fine for a local dive
(photo from evidence collected by DFO)
A July court case has put the spotlight on the need to give Marine Mammals some distance and has left a Prince Rupert based commercial diver 12,000 dollars lighter in his bank account.
An information release from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans notes of the July 22nd judgement from the Prince Rupert Court House, which saw Judge Jeffrey Campbell order local diver Thomas Gould to pay the $12,000 fine for his contravention of the Canada's Fisheries Act, Section 7 which covers Marine Mammals.
In the summary of the case, DFO noted the following:
The sentence stems from a incident on April 25, 2020, when Mr. Gould, a scuba diver and owner of a commercial dive vessel, Ice Cube, knowingly interacted with a pod of seven Northern Resident Killer Whales near Prince Rupert Harbour.