Shiprider releases hundreds of illegally caught crab
B.C., Federal Serious and Organized Crime
2021-06-25 10:21 PDT
File # 2021-10868
On June 10, 2021, the BC RCMP Federal Shiprider crew were investigating a complaint of illegal crabbing in Boundary Bay. Through the course of their investigation, Shiprider boarded a subject vessel but determined the vessel and crew to be compliant with the Fisheries Act and no enforcement action was required. That vessel’s crew however was able to provide information that ultimately led Shiprider to locate 24 illegal crab traps. The traps had no identifiable markings as required under the BC Sport Fishing Regulations. The Shiprider crew took on the exhausting task of hauling all 24 pots by hand. Over 300 crab were found in the illegal traps, all of which were released alive back into the water.
This was very clearly an illegal commercial crabbing operation based on the number of traps the crew found, said Staff Sergeant Sean Powell, in charge of Shiprider.
This type of investigation demonstrates the unique role the RCMP plays on the water. Our primary mandate is border integrity but sometimes we also get to help conserve and protect our fisheries.
No suspects have been identified. All of the traps were seized and turned over to the local Department of Fisheries and Oceans detachment for destruction.
- The RCMP Shiprider program is a legislated border security partnership between Canada and the United States. Shiprider sees the RCMP partner with the US Coast Guard in a modern, innovative solution to targeting cross border criminality, along with other criminal activities on shared waterways. Shiprider has been actively engaged in protecting Canada’s border during the current COVID-19 pandemic.
- In both Canada and Washington State, people may fish for crab either recreationally or commercially. Both, require licences and have licence conditions including: open and closed fishing times, size limits, possession limits, and restrictions on the retention of female crabs. Crab that have been caught recreationally are for personal use and cannot be bought, bartered or sold or offered for sale or barter in neither Canada nor Washington State.
- As part of DFO’s work to end illegal activity, the Department asks the public for information on activities of this nature or any contravention of the Fisheries Act and regulations. Anyone with information can call the toll-free violation reporting line at 1-800-465-4336, or email the details to DFO.ORR-ONS.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.
Sgt. Kris ClarkMedia Relations Officer
Federal Serious & Organized Crime (FSOC)
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3
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