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April 22, 2020

Applying Indigenous Law in Environmental Prosecutions: Sentencing Hearing in Heiltsuk Nation leads to $2.7M Fisheries Act Fine

On August 19, 2019, the British Columbia Provincial Court released the sentencing
decision in R v Kirby Offshore Marine Operating LLC. The accused pled guilty to one
count under the Fisheries Act, s. 36(3), for unlawfully depositing diesel fuel into waters
in the Seaforth Channel after a tugboat ran aground and sank. The accused was fined
$2.7 million for the Fisheries Act offence, which is one of the largest fines for an
environmental offence in Canada.

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