By Gary Kean
An extensive surveillance operation resulted in the apprehension of two alleged salmon poachers from Brent’s Cove on the Baie Verte Peninsula this past Saturday.
The two men in their 40s are expected to be charged with illegally netting Atlantic salmon in coastal waters and the illegal possession of salmon, in contravention of the federal Fisheries Act.
According to the provincial Department of Justice and Public Safety, the men were stopped after they had left the net they had allegedly set.
A number of items believed to have been used in the poaching activity were seized. These included an extended cab pickup truck, a Polaris RzR side-by-side all-terrain vehicle, a boat and motor, a net and 12 salmon.
Sixteen more salmon that were still alive were released by the officers.
The bust was orchestrated by the department’s fish and wildlife enforcement officers after they had received tips from the general public. The investigation included personnel from the Grand Falls-Windsor, Stephenville and Corner Brook detachments and was supported by he Department of Fisheries and Ocean’s officer in Baie Verte.
On Tuesday morning, fish and wildlife enforcement officers, along with river guardians, also busted a man who was allegedly involved in setting a net for salmon near the community of Wareham in the Bonavista Bay area. A second person fled from the scene where the man was apprehended and the investigation is continuing.
A net, boat and motor and Atlantic salmon were seized in that incident.
The accused was released and will appear in provincial court in Gander at a later date.