Federal DFO officers investigating illegal fish sales at B.C. processing facility

Global News Reports: The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) is asking the public to come forward as it investigates illegal sales and bartering of fish at a B.C. processing facility.

The department said Thursday that it is in the middle of a “large-scale forensic audit” of the unnamed facility, which is in the Prince Rupert area.

According to a release, conservation and protection fishery officers are investigating instances of fish being sold or bartered in exchange for processing and other services, including financial loans.

“DFO believes that instances of illegal bartering and sales of fish will be identified as the audit progresses through a forensic investigation, and is asking the public to come forward,” the release says.

The department is also asking anyone who had fish processed and didn’t receive portions of their catch, or anyone who received a different species in return, to contact them immediately.

The DFO says in its release that bartering of fish is illegal and falls under illegal sale, which can result in a fine of up to $100,000 and up to two years in jail.

Anyone with information is asked to contact DFO investigators at 250-627-3401.

Source: Global News

Photo Credit: Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

One Reply to “Federal DFO officers investigating illegal fish sales at B.C. processing facility”

  1. Whether we are talking about one or two fish or a commercial fisherman’s catch in the thousands of kilograms, it all has serious consequences. Undercutting the price of processing, avoiding sales taxes, dodging M.N.R.F. legalities and more than likely, countering the health inspection process.

    A “Black Market” business that puts the entire industry at risk, and in all aspects may well lead to Salmonella poisoning. Salmonellosis is a symptomatic infection caused by bacteria of the Salmonella type. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, and vomiting. Symptoms typically occur between 12 hours and 36 hours after exposure, and last from two to seven days. Occasionally more significant disease can result in dehydration. The old, young, and others with a weakened immune system are more likely to develop severe disease. Specific types of Salmonella can result in typhoid fever or paratyphoid fever.

    Nasty stuff indeed.

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