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April 05, 2019

Big fish, small fish; big fine, small fine – Recent penalties under Canada’s Fisheries Act

Environmental offences are typically punishable by fine; however fines can vary, even under a single statute. Canada’s Fisheries Act prevents any person from undertaking work or activity that results in a serious harm to fish belonging to a commercial, recreational, or Aboriginal fishery, with some exceptions. The Fisheries Act also prohibits depositing deleterious substances in water frequented by fish, and throwing overboard certain substances.

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