B.C. Commercial Crab Harvester Fined $20,000 for Fishing in a Closed Contaminated Area

dungenesscrabOn July 20, 2016, Burnaby resident Danny My Ho pleaded guilty to four violations of the Fisheries Act in Sechelt Provincial Court. The Honourable Judge Steven Merrick fined Mr. Ho $20,000 for fishing for Dungeness crab in an area closed to commercial crab harvesting due to dioxin contamination. The charges stem from Mr. Ho’s fishing activities in Howe Sound during August 2015, as skipper of the commercial crabbing vessel the New Star. On October 9, 2015, a DFO resource management biologist requested that Conservation and Protection fishery officers investigate the fishing records of the New Star. A subsequent inspection of the vessel’s electronic monitoring data and logbook revealed that Mr. Ho was harvesting commercial crab between August 15 and 26 up to one kilometer inside an area closed due to dioxin contamination near Roberts Creek and the Trail Islands on the Sunshine Coast. Read the rest here 17:06