Big Bust in Conche
Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers Make Arrest Related to Illegal Salmon Netting.
Through effective surveillance operations, Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers are continuing to keep provincial inland fish stocks safe from poachers.
A team of officers initiated an investigation following complaints from the general public of commercialized salmon poaching in the Conche area of the Northern Peninsula. With the assistance of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the RCMP, the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division set up surveillance in the region.
As a result of the investigation, an adult male was arrested on June 18 for violating Newfoundland and Labrador Fisheries Regulations. During the arrest, officers seized eight salmon, a cod fish, a net, and a boat and motor. The investigation is continuing, and charges are pending. Officials with DFO and the RCMP were instrumental in helping apprehend the suspect.
The Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division of the Department of Justice continues to pursue individuals who undertake illegal poaching operations in the province. The Provincial Government is committed to ensuring that our valued fish and wildlife resources are protected and available for the licensed hunters and anglers of Newfoundland and Labrador.