Fishery observer accused of falsifying record in N.S. halibut fishery

Brian Richardson is a dockside monitor with Barrington Catch Centre Monitoring Association, a non-profit that provides third-party observers to record catch data for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The department alleges that in January, Richardson falsely recorded that a vessel’s fish hold was checked before and after a halibut offload in Sambro and falsely recorded that all the catch was accounted for. He was arraigned in Halifax provincial court this week on charges under federal fishery regulations. Richardson pleaded not guilty and a trial is scheduled for February 2024. >click to read< 11:17

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