According to a press release from the province’s fish and wildlife enforcement division, charges were laid after officers from the Gander office conducted a surveillance operation in the area near Traverse Brook on the night of Aug. 11.
The surveillance operation was conducted after the office received a number of tips from the public regarding illegal netting and jigging of salmon.
According to the press release, at about 4 a.m. on Aug. 12, officers observed two males in a boat come ashore near where the officers were concealed.
“Once the males exited the boat and the officers approached and identified themselves, one of the men fled on foot and was apprehended after a short pursuit. The other man was arrested without incident,” the release stated.
As a result of this incident, officers seized two nets, a canoe with outboard motor, a duffle bag, four knives, three coolers, a fish tote box and 54 illegally obtained salmon.
The two men, one from Gambo and the other from Hare Bay, were later released and face charges for netting salmon in inland waters, possession of a net near inland waters, and possession of fish caught in contravention of the Fisheries Act. They will appear in provincial court in Gander at a later date.
The illegal netting and sale of salmon continues to be a concerning issue for the Fish and Wildlife Enforcement Division. Officers are requesting information from the public related to any incident of suspected poaching.
They ask members of the public to report any suspicious activity anonymously and toll-free at any time of the day, by calling 1-877-820-0999 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. Anonymous online reports can also be submitted at www.stoppoaching.ca or www.nlcrimestoppers.com.