A man from the Northern Peninsula has been sentenced to two months in jail following an investigation into a possible commercialized salmon poaching operation.
Gerald A. Byrne of Conche was convicted in provincial court in St. Anthony last week of fishing during a closed time and illegal netting salmon.
During a surveillance operation by Roddickton RCMP and DFO in June 2013, Byrne was spotted illegally netting salmon during the closed season.
Banned from being on the water At the time, the two groups were following up on a tip from the public about an alleged commercialized salmon poaching operation.
Byrne, who had prior convictions for fishing violations, was sentenced to two months in jail and handed a seven-year prohibition from holding a fishing licence.
He is restricted from being in or on inland and coastal waters, unless he is a passenger on a ferry.
A boat, an aluminum wheelbarrow and eight salmon were forfeited to the Crown.
Byrne was also ordered to pay a $700 fine.