Linda Greenlaw seen here arriving for a court appearance in St. John's in 2008. ((CBC))

A famous U.S. swordfishing boat captain, who has been portrayed in a Hollywood film and is a regular on the Discovery Channel, is back in Newfoundland fishing and shooting a television series despite being convicted in the province of illegal fishing in 2008.

Linda Greenlaw, from Massachusetts, became well known beyond the swordfishing community when The Perfect Storm, a film based on a maritime disaster in the Atlantic Ocean's swordfishing grounds southeast of Newfoundland, was released in 2000.

The boat she captains, the Hannah Boden, was caught in the powerful storm in 1991 that killed six other swordfishermen in the area who were aboard the Andrea Gail.

She has since become a regular on the Discovery Channel series about swordfishing called Swords.

Greenlaw, now in her late 40s, hit the news again in 2008 when she was charged and eventually convicted of illegal fishing in Canadian waters near Newfoundland.

Monday she was in Bay Bulls, a coastal town south of St. John's, where she picks up supplies and unloads her catch.

"I love this place. I love the people and, yes, it's nice to be here not in handcuffs," Greenlaw told CBC News.

Travelling to Bay Bulls saves Greenlaw from making a five-day trip to the U.S. to unload fish and re-supply.

Greenlaw admits she broke the law but explained that she ended up in Canadian waters because she miscalculated where she was.

"I know that Canada has laws. I respect law. Made an honest mistake. Paid dearly for it. No hard feelings from my end," she said.

Tuesday she returned to swordfishing with a Discovery Channel television crew shooting for next year's season of Swords.