Investigation into Illegal Netting of Salmon Leads to Convictions, Fines

  • Fisheries and Land Resources

February 7, 2020

An investigation conducted by Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Officers with the Department of Fisheries and Land Resources has resulted in fines and prohibitions related to illegal fishing activity.

On January 21, 2020 at Provincial Court in Gander, an individual was convicted and fined $4,000 for netting Atlantic salmon and illegal possession of Atlantic salmon and was prohibited from recreational fishing for a period of one year. On October 29, 2019 another individual involved in the same incident was convicted and fined $2,000 for netting Atlantic salmon. 

The convictions stem from an investigation conducted on July 10, 2019 after Fish and Wildlife Enforcement officers received information from the public that there was illegal netting taking place in coastal waters at Salmon House Head near the community of Little Burnt Bay. Officers conducted surveillance in the area and apprehended both individuals early the following morning.

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador is committed to protecting the province’s fish and wildlife resources and ensuring they remain available for those who respect legislation concerning their proper management and conservation. The public can play a significant role in assisting officers by reporting any suspicious activity. This can be done anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling 1-877-820-0999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at

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Salmon and equipment seized in a poaching incident that occurred near Little Burnt Bay in central Newfoundland.

Media contact
Craig Renouf
Fisheries and Land Resources
709-637-2923, 640-6922


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