Provincial fish and wildlife officers have charged 17 people with alleged illegal salmon and trout fishing activity in the past several weeks.
A resident of Port aux Basques was detained July 30 at Codroy River for illegal possession of a large Atlantic salmon. The individual’s angling gear was seized and charges are pending.
A Seal Cove, White Bay man was arrested in the early morning hours of July 28 after attempting to flee from officers. Officers apprehended the man with the aid of an infrared camera. Charges are pending related to the possession of a net near inland waters and obstruction.
An aluminum boat, salmon net, waders and a fish tote tray were seized when a Sop’s Arm man and an Alberta man were arrested in the early morning hours of July 27 at Sops Arm. Charges are pending for illegally netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters. More charges are pending against the two men for a separate incident of illegally netting Atlantic salmon on July 26.
On July 25, an individual from Deer Lake was detained and charged for possession of illegally taken Atlantic salmon at Aides Lake near the head waters of the Humber River. Two large Atlantic salmon with the heads and tails removed, fishing waders, an assortment of angling gear and a GMC Canyon pickup truck were seized.
Officers patrolling the Pinware River in Labrador on July 23 charged an individual for possessing Atlantic salmon that was not properly tagged.
Between July 21 and July 24, officers from the Grand Falls-Windsor and Corner Brook detachments apprehended six people for a series of alleged Atlantic salmon related offences including, angling in closed areas, angling as non-residents without a guide, angling for salmon without a salmon angling licence, angling for salmon with bait and lure and possession of improperly tagged salmon. A quantity of salmon angling gear was seized and charges are pending.
A person from Cold Brook was detained and charged at Fox Island River on July 21 for illegally jigging Atlantic salmon. A four-wheeled all-terrain vehicle, a salmon rod, vest, worms, three-pronged jiggers, and an Atlantic salmon were seized.
In Labrador on July 15 and 17, two non-residents were charged in unrelated incidents with fishing violations related to trout. These occurred on the Walsh River and Lobstick Lake. Charges include allegations of a non-resident fishing without the services of an outfitter and a non-resident angling without an inland trout fishing licence. Fishing gear including rods, reels and lures were seized.
An individual from Hampden and another from Labrador City were arrested in Hampden on July 17. These individuals had seven Atlantic salmon in their possession, which are alleged to have been illegally netted in Gold Cove. Items seized included an aluminum boat, a Ford F-150 pickup truck, a 200-foot salmon net, a cooler, a fish tote tray and seven salmon. Charges are pending.