Nfld. & Labrador

Two illegal salmon fishers fined, banned from inland waters

The department of justice and public safety is cracking down on illegal salmon fishing, according to a release issued Friday afternoon.
Both men were fined and have been banned from going on or near inland waters for years. (CBC)

Two men have been fined in provincial court for illegal salmon fishing, according to a statement released by the Department of Justice and Public Safety on Friday. 

An Appleton man was sentenced and fined $3,000 in Gander on January 19th for netting Atlantic salmon in inland waters. The man was also fined $1,000 for illegal possession of salmon, and an additional $500 for breaching probation.

According to the statement, the man forfeited 11 salmon, a canoe, an 85-foot net as well as a black ski mask. The man is prohibited from being on or near inland waters for four years, with the exception of travelling directly to his cabin. 

Meanwhile, a man from Lumsden was fined $2,500 for illegal possession of Atlantic salmon and $500 for obstructing a peace officer. 

13 salmon were forfeited by the Lumsden man, who is now prohibited from being on or near inland waters for two years. 

The charges are the result of an investigation by wildlife officers dating back to early July. 

Officers are asking the public to report suspicious activity by calling Crime Stoppers or reporting the activity anonymously online