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Natural Resources Law - Fishing - Offences and penalties

Thursday, January 19, 2017 @ 7:00 PM  

Appeal by McKinnell Fishing from its conviction for fishing for crab in a restricted area, a strict liability offence. McKinnell argued that it was not fishing for crab in the closed area, but merely taking possession of them there, having fished for them in an open area. Its alternate argument, that its vessel drifted to a closed area inadvertently, was accepted by the trial judge, who acquitted McKinnell. The summary conviction appeal judge rejected this due diligence defence and substituted a conviction for fishing in a...