Two people from Grey River on the province’s south coast were charged with illegally netting and possessing Atlantic salmon this past Tuesday.
The provincial Department of Justice, in a press release issued Friday afternoon, said the two have been charged with numerous offences and that a boat, an outboard motor and salmon were seized in the bust.
On that same day, while officers with the provincial fish and wildlife enforcement division were conducting patrols in the area, three other salmon nets were also discovered. The investigation into who set these is ongoing.
Throughout the summer, stated the release, officers with the fish and wildlife enforcement division will travel throughout all regions of the province to enforce legislation that protects fish stocks.
The public plays a significant role in catching poachers and is encouraged to report suspicious activity. This can be done anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling the fish and wildlife enforcement division at 1-877-820-0999, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com.