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DFO looking at fines instead of charges for minor fishing offences

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is conducting online consultations on plans to expand the use of tickets for minor fishing offences.
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is conducting online consultations on plans to expand the use of tickets for minor fishing offences. - www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca

OTTAWA – The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is seeking the public’s views on plans to expand the use of tickets for minor fishing infractions.

The new ticketing regime would mean fixed fines for minor commercial and recreational fishing violations instead of charges and court appearances.

“This will empower fishery officers by allowing them to focus more of their time responding and investigating more major violations, with the outcome of better conservation and protection of our fish and fish habitat,” Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said in a news release Dec. 13.

Online consultations on the issue are open on DFO’s website and will continue until Jan. 31, 2018.

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