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New DFO officer for the Sunshine Coast

POWELL RIVER, B.C. – After receiving numerous complaints from the public about illegal shellfish harvesting, Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) is sending a new officer to the Sunshine Coast.

The lone Sunshine Coast DFO office is located in Powell River. There are currently two officers based out of the station, but now a third will be added to ramp up enforcement.

Monte Bromley, a supervisor with the DFO, said it will be the first time the Powell River base has three officers.

“It’s good news because that will allow a little bit more horsepower for the officers to make it down further south into Sechelt and the Lower Sunshine Coast area,” he said.

Bromley noted there’s a shortage of DFO officers across the entire province. The department is in the process of training and recruiting people to fill the void that’s being felt in several communities.

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The name of the DFO officer coming to the Powell River office has not been released, nor has the exact date of their arrival.

-With files from Tommy Wang

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