GANDER, NL -- May 9, 2011 -- A two-year investigation by Environment Canada's Enforcement Branch into the excessive harvest and illegal selling of migratory birds in the Twillingate and New World Island areas of Newfoundland and Labrador has resulted in convictions and heavy fines for local poachers.
Hardy Brian Dove, age 55 of Twillingate, pleaded guilty on April 11, 2011 in Provincial Court in Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador to charges under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.
Mr. Dove was fined $4,800 for illegally selling murres and eider ducks, and for exceeding the possession limit for these species. He was also fined $1,360 for monetary gain from the sale of migratory birds.
Gary Leyte was fined $3,750 for the illegal selling of murres and eider ducks and exceeding the possession limit of eider ducks.
Lionel Leyte was fined $1,000 for the illegal selling of murres
Neil Barrett was fined $1,000 for the illegal selling of murres