STATEMENT

Fisheries and Oceans Canada

STATEMENT

INVESTIGATION OF ILLEGAL SALE OF SMELT

January 23, 2017

 

ST. JOHN’S, NL – We are aware of the controversy circulating on social media about the illegal sale of smelt. It is important to note that at no time was a minor under investigation in this case.

DFO supports the participation of youth in fisheries. On rare occasions when fisheries officers encounter minors in enforcement activities, their approach is to engage parents and to educate about the rules and regulations regarding the fisheries.

Our investigation is the result of complaints we received from the public about the sale of large quantities of smelt in Gander Bay. To date, no charges have been laid. Once again, at no time was a minor under investigation in this case.

We are not able to comment further on the details of this investigation as it is ongoing.

However, under the Fishery (General) Regulations, it is illegal to sell, trade, or barter any fish without a licence that permits the sale of fish. Smelt may only be sold by a person who is named on a fishing license for smelt.

Lloyd Slaney
Acting Regional Director
Conservation and Protection
Newfoundland and Labrador Region
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

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