GEORGETOWN, P.E.I. - The president of the P.E.I Fisherman's Association has been fined almost $6,000 and suspended for the first day of fishing next year after pleading guilty to possession of illegal lobsters.
Defense lawyer John Maynard told the court Kenny Drake was "embarrassed" by the incident and had never had a violation in his 36 years as a boat captain.
Drake sailed into harbour May 25 with 19 egg-carrying females and 21 undersized lobsters on board.
Judge Nancy Orr acknowledged Drake's service to the industry on many councils and lobster conservation advisory boards and dismissed the crown's recommendation to impose a one week fishing suspension in 2010.