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Fined for Fishery Violation

NOVA SCOTIA The Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) has fined a fish harvester for violating fisheries regulations.

Shelly Marie Hinkley of Ch├ęticamp, Nova Scotia, pleaded guilty to charges of illegal snow crab fishing activities dating back to 2007, when she appeared at Port Hood Provincial Court.

Fishery officers using the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) laid charges against Hinkley for hauling snow crab gear that belonged to another fish harvester, which is contrary to Section 56 (1) of the Atlantic Fishery Regulations. Provincial Court Judge Laurie Halfpenny-McQuarrie imposed a fine of $5,000.

DFO said it is committed to the conservation and protection of aquatic resources in all Canadian waters, including the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.