Dave Oickle, fishery officer for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans shows the illegal lobster seized.
by Amy Woolvett
The Department of Fisheries and Oceans recently apprehended a lobster fisher and his three crewmembers for illegal possession of cooked lobster meat.
DFO officers seized a bag of cooked lobster meat and cooking utensils from a Lockeport wharf.
“It is illegal for fishers to be in possession of any claw, tail or meat that have been separated from the thorax or carapace of the lobster in a lobster fishing area,” said Shelburne DFO Conservation and Protection Supervisor, Chris Sperry.
He explained that when the lobster is separated it is impossible for the officers to identify what size the lobster is to prevent illegal catching of undersized lobsters.
All four were later charged.
“The lobster fishery is a last staple in some of these communities and its unfortunate this type of event still occurs,” said Sperry.