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.

Several crabs inside of a trap being held up on its edge at the back of a boat

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.

Several crabs inside of a trap being held up on its edge at the back of a boat

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.

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