Busy week catching alleged salmon poachers in the province

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A number of people were charged this week after three separate salmon poaching investigations in the province.

The investigations were the result of information received from residents concerned about protecting salmon stocks, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement says.

In the early morning hours on Thursday, officers observed two unknown individuals setting and later removing salmon from a net in Locks Harbour, Seal Bay.

Through several interviews, the individuals were identified and both men are facing several charges under the federal Fisheries Act. Two salmon and a net were seized.

Early last Saturday morning, officers working together with officers from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans apprehended one man in the community of Rushoon on the Burin Peninsula.

The man is facing charges of illegal netting and possession of salmon. A wooden row boat was seized along with a 200 foot net and a quantity of salmon.

Also on Saturday morning near Fitzgerald's Pond in the Placentia area, officers apprehended one man and two youth for the illegal netting and possession of salmon. A boat, motor, net, and quantity of Atlantic salmon were seized.

There were a number of other salmon-related violations this past week, including:

• A man was charged with illegal possession of a large salmon and tagging violations on the Harrys River near Gallants. One salmon and all fishing equipment were seized:

• Three men were charged with tagging violations and illegal possession of salmon in the Main Stem of Exploits River. All angling equipment and two salmon were seized;

• A non-resident was apprehended while angling in South Brook, Halls Bay, without the services of a guide. All fishing equipment was seized;

• Two men were apprehended with tagging violations in the Bay of Islands area. Two salmon and equipment were seized;

• A man was apprehended in South Brook, Halls Bay area, for illegal possession of a large salmon and altered tags. The salmon and fishing equipment were seized.

Suspicious activity in relation to poaching can be reported anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling the Fish and Wild Enforcement Division at 1-877-820-0999, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com.

Organizations: Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Wild Enforcement Division, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Seal Bay, South Brook, Halls Bay Placentia Harrys River Exploits River Bay of Islands

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