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Shellfish tourists fined by Fisheries Officers

Federal fisheries officers clamped down on visitors to Powell River for shellfish poaching violations earlier this month.

In two separate incidents, Canadians from the lower mainland were accompanied by non-Canadians who did not have valid tidal fishing licenses.

Officials seized close to 2500 clams and 300 oysters while handing out $3,000 in fines for over-limit shellfish.

The daily limit for clams is 75 and 15 for oysters. The maximum number of oysters and clams a person can be in possession of is two day’s worth.

In one case, more than 25 tourists were spotted on a bus tour picking shellfish at Willingdon Beach.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada officers have since posted more signage around regional beaches to emphasize and enforce harvesting rules.


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