The Federal Government has released some details towards a court case that goes back to 2018 commercial fishing charges issued by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, an enforcement action that has taken over four years to get to the penalty phase.
Yesterday an information release outlined the case against commercial fisherman Adrian Slavko Kern, the Master of the vessel Mandala No. 1, who was fishing commercially for halibut and sablefish between September 13 and 19 of 2018.
During that period of time the vessel illegally set its fishing gear in the Chatham Sound area near Prince Rupert, an area closed at the time for harvest.
|Image of Chatham Sound from mapcarta|
The lengthy period between charges and punishment came to an end at the Prince Rupert Court House in October 2022.
The Government announcement of Tuesday noted of the level of fines assessed as part of the judgement.
On October 31st, 2022, commercial fisherman Adrian Slavko Kern was fined a total of $49,704.68 for violating Canada’s Fisheries Act.
Mr. Kern pleaded guilty in Prince Rupert Provincial Court and was ordered to pay a fine of $25,000 for illegally setting fishing gear plus an additional $24,706.48 for the illegal sale of fish.
The court judgement also prohibited Mr. Kern from applying for a new commercial fishing licence and from fishing under any commercial licence for a period of 8 months.