By Gary Kean
A man who claimed he was poaching salmon to put food on his table has been given a $1,200 fine and has been prohibited from applying for a fishing licence for three years.
Lloyd Terry Whitehorne, 52, was charged after fish and wildlife enforcement officers from the provincial Department of Justice carried out a surveillance program in response to a complaint of possible poaching activity in the coastal waters off Irishtown-Summerside this past summer.
During a stakeout of an area where a net had been set in the waters, Whitehorne was observed approaching the area and hauling the net.
There were two Atlantic salmon in the net, which was set in an area close to the mouth of the Humber River.
Whitehorne was charged with illegally setting fishing gear and unlawfully possessing fish. The gear-setting offence as withdrawn when he entered a guilty plea to illegal possession of the salmon.
Judge Kymil Howe said she found his explanation “suspect” and said Whitehorne has been around long enough to know the concerted conservation effort in place to protect Atlantic salmon stocks.
Crown attorney Adam Joyce had asked for a fine of between $2,000 and $3,000 and a three-year prohibition that would keep Whitehorne off any coastal waters unless he was tavelling. She told him setting a salmon net is indiscriminate and could have resulted in a higher mortality of salmon and other species. More....