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More Than $260,000 in Fines for Halibut Fishery Convictions

Five individuals and three companies have been convicted of 18 violations of the Fisheries Act and regulations and collectively fined more than $260,000 following the prosecution of a 24-month major case investigation into the halibut fishery in the Sambro area of Nova Scotia.

Charges included failing to have catch verified by a dockside observer and providing inaccurate catch information in order to land more halibut than was allowed in conditions of licence.

In addition, one individual received a 60-day licence suspension during which they could not fish or renew their licence; and another individual received a six-month licence suspension, during which they were prohibited from boarding a commercial fishing vessel in Canadian or American waters; from possessing or acquiring any interest in a fishing vessel or licence; and from possessing commercial fishing gear of any kind.

Atlantic halibut has become the most valuable species for groundfish licence holders in Nova Scotia over the past several years, says the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), and accounted for 59 per cent of the value of the groundfish fishery in DFO’s Maritimes Region in 2022.