Harvesters fined for shrimp misreporting

18 Jul 2012

Four commercial harvesters who misreported shrimp catches have been fined more than $35,000.

The fines resulted from providing false information in fishing logbooks and illegally providing that misleading information to Fisheries and Oceans Canada.

Modern enforcement tools designed to retrieve, integrate, and analyse data from multiple sources were used during the investigation. Data was also collected from surveillance flights and mid-distance patrols, in-port and at-sea inspections, statistical systems, historical catch information, Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and Dockside Monitoring Program (DMP) records.

A total of $58,688 in fines from convictions so far this year has been ordered re-directed to Fisheries and Oceans for conservation and stewardship programs in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Accurate reporting of fishing catches ensures a level playing field for all harvesters and helps protect the fishery, now and into the future. The misreporting fish catches by falsifying fishing logbooks is a serious offence and the Department has initiated a public awareness campaign aimed directly at fish harvesters.

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