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