Monday, March 20, 2023

North Coast Crab Fisherman fined 20,000 dollars from 2018 Fisheries violations

A second Prince Rupert mariner has been found guilty in Prince Rupert Provincial Court, in this instance related to charges in 2018.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans released the details of a January 18th 2023 court case heard at the Prince Rupert Court House, which found commercial crab harvester Truc Hoang Le guilty of numerous violations of the Fisheries Act in the Chatham Sound area off of Prince Rupert.

Image of Chatham Sound from Mapcarta

From the information release of March 16th it was noted that: 

Mr. Le was fined $18,000 for failing to comply with the conditions of his commercial crab license between April 15 and May 4, 2018, in the Chatham Sound area near Prince Rupert. 

Mr. Le, vessel master of the CFV MARINE HUNTER, failed to follow the regulations by ensuring that the electronic monitoring system was accurately monitoring the vessel 24 hours per day, seven days per week, while engaged in fishing. 

Mr. Le was fined an additional $2,000 for additional violations of the Act.

One of the images presented as evidence as part of the
court case related to the crab harvester CFV Marine Hunter

It was the second Prince Rupert related court judgement that DFO released details towards last week. 

On March 15th we outlined the court case related to charges during a North Coast halibut and sablefish fishery.

Thursday also saw DFO provided details related to a number of crab harvesting violations in the Rivers Inlet area of the Central Coast.

As part of the Department’s work to disrupt and prevent illegal activity, DFO asks the public for information on activities of this nature or any contravention of the Fisheries Act and regulations. 

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, DFO Pacific region’s toll-free violation reporting line at 1-800-465-4336

Those with any information can also email the details to

You can review both the Prince Rupert court case and that from Port Hardy here.

More notes on the work of Emergency Responders across the Northwest can be reviewed here.

Notes of interest from the North Coast Fishery can be reviewed here.

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