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Man fined $4,000, forfeits $9,000 catch for illegal scallop fishing

Kevin Kenneally pleaded guilty to fishing in a zone where he didn't have a licence and under-reporting his catch when he was returning to shore.
Kentville courthouse

A Kings County fisherman has been fined $4,000 for fishing scallops illegally and under-reporting his catch.

Kevin Royce Kenneally, 45, of Harbourville pleaded guilty Thursday before his scheduled trial in Kentville provincial court was to start.

He was fined $3,000 for fishing in a zone in the Bay of Fundy where he did not have a licence, and $1,000 for not accurately hailing the shore with how many bags of scallops he had harvested.

Court heard that he claimed he had 18 bags, but he actually had 21 full bags and two half-bags.

The catch was seized and forfeited. Its value was just over $9,000.

The penalty was a joint recommendation between Crown attorney Bill Watts and defence lawyer Chris Manning. Kenneally has one year to pay the fines.

Watts offered no evidence on a charge of possession of illegally caught fish.



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