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Fines Imposed for Snow Crab Fishery Violations

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CANADA - Three Nova Scotia fish harvesters have been fined a total of C$6,500 for offences related to the snow crab fishery under the Fisheries Act, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Gulf Region.

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Myles Miller of Petit-tang, and Alexis Poirier of Redman and Dwayne Miller of Cheticamp pleaded guilty on 25 September to offloading snow crab without the presence of an observer.

Judge Laurel Halfpenny-MacQuarrie imposed a C$3,000 fine on Myles Miller, a C$2,500 fine on Alexis Poirier and a C$1,000 fine on Dwayne Miller. The three individuals will also have to pay C$100 each in court costs. The judge prohibited all three from fishing snow crab during the first 24 hours of the 2013 snow crab fishery.

Anyone wishing to report suspicious fishing activity or habitat violations is asked to contact their nearest Fisheries and Oceans Canada office, to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, visit Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers AssociationLink to a resource that is not part of a Government of Canada Web site. or text TIP202 to CRIMES (274637).