Investigation into overfishing in Gold River underway
Some of the items seized include salmon, rock fish and ling cod. A 30-foot vessel was also seized. (supplied by Nootka Sound RCMP)
An investigation is underway after reports of overfishing in Gold River.
The Nootka Sound RCMP received the report on Wednesday, along with other possible Fisheries Act violations. The police partnered with the DFO to conduct the investigation.
The detachment’s frontline members quickly located the suspect vehicle. A suspected vessel was also stopped for investigation.
According to the Nootka Sound detachment, the DFO found illegal possession of fish and seized the following:
- 30ft vessel, fishing gear and equipment
- 26 Chinook salmon
- 10 bags of salmon roe totalling approx. 24 kg.
- 18 rock fish filets
- 8 ling cod filets
DFO officers from the West Coast Vancouver Island and North Vancouver Island detachments are continuing the investigation.
“These types of blatant violations and disrespect for conservation efforts affect all persons around Nootka Sound and Vancouver Island,” Nootka Sound RCMP Detachment Commander Sergeant Josh Wiese said.
“We want to send a strong message that these behaviours get recognized and actions have consequences.”
The detachment says three non-BC residents were issued appearances for court in Gold River in November.
Anyone with information on this or other illegal fishing activity is asked to call the DFO reporting line at 1-800-465-4336 or the Nootka Sound RCMP at 250-283-2227.