PICTOU – Hefty fines were handed out Monday in Pictou provincial court for fishing violations.
Three men were sentenced to fines in separate incidents that involved illegal fishing violations in herring, lobster and shellfish.
Joseph Alexander Savoie, 28, was ordered to pay a $500 fine after a guilty plea was entered on his behalf to a charge of not having tag on herring net that was in his boat.
Federal Crown attorney Brownyn Duffy told the court that during an inspection by local fisheries officers, a 300-foot herring net was seized from Savoie because it didn’t have the herring tags attached to it.
She said Savoie has a 2013 herring licence and he showed the officers 10 tags given to him that were not attached to the net. Duffy said the tags are essential information for fisheries officers who use them to identify gear and track the origin of fish.
In addition to the $500 fine, Savoie was also charged a $50 victim surcharge and both fines must be paid within two months.
Meanwhile, a Pictou Landing man was fined $1,500 for having three undersized lobsters in his haul during the local lobster fishing season.
Kevin Michael Prosper, 42, was sentenced to the fine plus an additional $225 victim surcharge for violating the fisheries act by having illegal lobsters in his possession on June 24.
Fisheries officers noticed the undersized lobsters during a dockside check. Prosper hauled in about 500 lbs of market lobsters that day and only three lobsters were under the legal size limits.
He was given nine months to pay the fine and Duffy said she would not be looking for fishing suspension, only a forfeit of the catch.
Lastly, Judge Del Atwood handed a $500 fine to a Kentville man who was illegally fishing clams in Caribou Island.
Yvon Jean Belliveau, 53, was sentenced to a $500 fine and $50 victim surcharge for shucking clams on beach in Caribou Island on June 22 in such a way that the number of fish couldn’t be readily determined.
Duffy said a fisheries officer watched Belliveau for a about a half hour before he approached him on the beach. The accused had about 400 clams shells beside him and more than 200 clams. The fish was seized by the officer and Belliveau was charged.