Salmon poaching in Gander Lake leads to foot chase, arrests

The Department of Justice and Public Safety says two men were charged on July 3, for illegally netting salmon in Gander Lake.
Gander Lake is one the largest lakes on the island. (Google Maps)

Two men have been charged for illegally netting salmon in Gander Lake.

The Department of Justice and Public Safety said officers were on an early morning foot patrol on July 3 when they saw two people setting a net near the mouth of Southwest River.

The officers called for help and then hunkered down around 5:30 a.m. to see what would happen. That's when they saw the men — one of whom had his face covered with a mask — retrieve the net from a canoe. 

Two men were charged on July 3 for illegally netting Atlantic salmon in Gander Lake. (CBC)

When the officers tried to arrest them, the two ran away, but were caught.

Both have been charged under the Fisheries Act and could face criminal charges. The department says the pair are already known to enforcement officials.

The men's canoe, net, disguise and duffle bag, as well as 11 Atlantic salmon were seized as a result of the bust.


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