Numerous harvesters fined under Fisheries Act in the Maritimes: DFO

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) says 35 individual harvesters in the Maritimes were convicted of violations under the Fisheries Act from April to June.

DFO says the convictions resulted in total fines of over $50,000, with the fines themselves ranging from $150 to $10,000 each.

In addition to the fines, penalties also included a 20 day jail sentence and an 18-month prohibition on all clam harvesting against a St. George, N.B. man and a six month licence suspension for harvesting shellfish in a contaminated area for a St. Stephen, N.B. man.

Convictions involved a range of fisheries and species, including lobster, groundfish, soft-shelled clams, striped bass, trout, scallop, halibut, mackerel, and crab.