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Woody point man fined and prohibited from fishing


A Woody Point fisherman was handed a large fine and prohibitions from fishing or owning a licence after committing a number of angling offences last year.

John Roberts, 68, was fined a total of $1,750 and is not allowed to own a licence or fish for 12 months after he was sentenced in provincial court in Rocky Harbour last week.

He was scheduled to go to trial, but changed his plea to guilty on three of the four charges from June 17, 2014. He was fined $1,000 and prohibited from fishing for a year for unlawfully catching and retaining Atlantic salmon. He was fined $500 for possessing salmon measuring 63 centimetres or more in length. He was also fined $250 and prohibited from owning a licence for a year for not properly tagging salmon. He has a year to pay the fines.

A fourth charge against Roberts, possessing fish caught in contravention of the provincial regulations, was withdrawn.

Roberts is a co-accused in another fishing violation matter before the court. Along with Todd Young and 3Ts Limited, he is charged with six counts of failing to comply with the condition of a licence, making false or misleading statement to an authority designated by a fishery officer, and while being employed as an observer, provided false information in the course of his duties.

These offences are dated between October and December 2010 in Woody Point.

Young is the owner of 3Ts and was a regular on season one of Discovery Channel’s “Cold Water Cowboys.”

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