By Anne Sutherland
MONTREAL — A 49-year-old man who has been poaching lobsters in Sept-Îles was arrested Friday morning by law enforcement officers. Poaching as in illegally hunting, not cooking in a hot liquid.
The man was sitting on the dock of the bay at Pointe-au-Basques, close to the Sept-Îles marina when officers with the Sûrété du Québec and Fisheries and Oceans Canada closed in on him at 2:40 a.m.
His arrest was the culmination of an investigation following several complaints that the man was illegally trapping the tasty crustaceans without a permit. When police searched him, they found a small quantity of cocaine, but no drawn butter. He was also wanted on another criminal matter unrelated to shellfish.
He will go before a judge on charges of drug possession, fishing without a license, fishing outside of the season and possession of lobster smaller than prescribed by law.
Anyone wishing to tattle on illegal lobster fishing can call Fisheries and Oceans Canada toll free at 1-800-463-9057.