Crab harvester fined $75,000

A commercial crab harvester was fined $75,000 in Richmond Provincial Court, BC, Canada, after being found guilty of numerous violations of the Fisheries Act.

Dinh Ly Hoang appeared in court for sentencing on 2 May 2012, after pleading guilty to two counts of failing to comply with the conditions of his commercial crab fishing license. He was convicted of several violations including fishing in an illegal area, being in possession of undersize Dungeness crab, and catching and retaining flounder without a license.

Mr Hoang was ordered to pay a total of $75,000 in fines, with $60,000 to be directed to the conservation and protection of shellfish . The undersized crabs and flounder in his possession when he was charged were seized and subsequently sold, and the proceeds totaling $1,427.50 were forfeited to the Crown.

This is Mr Hoang’s second conviction. In June 2008, he was convicted on engaging in similar illegal crab fishing practices, fined $20,000 and placed under probation for 180 days.

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