There are hundreds of books that define the laws of the land. If people could muster a little respect then most of those books would not be required. Sadly, respect is a largely elusive concept.
The Fisheries Act and its associated Regulations are designed to conserve the precious fisheries resources. We have daily quotas, size limits, and bait and equipment restrictions in order to prevent over-exploitation of the resources.
Fish & Wildlife supports the wise use of fish. Fish are allocated in a manner that provides the greatest economical benefit and recreational enjoyment. Simply said, Fish & Wildlife wants you to enjoy fishing and respect the fish. Fish & Wildlife even wants you to enjoy eating fish as long as the harvest is sustainable.
Fish in our lakes belong to us all. When fish are illegally taken (poached), they are stolen from us all. Poaching threatens the sustainability of fish in our lakes. If left unchecked this selfish exploitation will negatively impact our enjoyment of fish!
What then is the appropriate penalty for those who are apprehended for poaching fish?
Poaching threatens the sustainability of fish in our lakes. If left unchecked this selfish exploitation will negatively impact our enjoyment of fish!
In considering sentencing judges are supposed to consider several factors including general and specific deterrent. What is an appropriate penalty to prevent the person from re-offending? Is the embarrassment enough? Is a monetary penalty sufficient? That must be balanced with general deterrent. Would a large fine force the public to take notice and affect their actions?
Poachers can be very difficult to apprehend. Their activities are often conducted in remote, unpopulated locations. There are seldom witnesses. Catching poachers requires creative enforcement tactics. Surveillance, plain clothes and undercover operations are just a few examples of methods used.
When a poacher is caught the public has the right to know!
Mr. Andreas SCHMIDT of Fox Creek, Alberta is scheduled to appear in Court in Fox Creek on May 30, 2011. He is facing five charges including three fisheries offences for events that occurred on March 25, 2011. He is charged with exceeding the possession limit of fish, retaining undersized fish and allowing fish to be abandoned.
There are hundreds of books that define the laws of the land. For those without respect for the laws there are the Courts!