file photo of the L.R. Jackson
January 13, 2013: A Port Stanley commercial fishing licence holder and a Lake
Erie commercial fishing boat captain have been fined $5,000 each for commercial
L.R. Jackson Fisheries Limited of Port Stanley and Shawn Cook, captain of the commercial
fishing vessel L.R. Jackson, also of Port Stanley, pleaded guilty to violating the
terms and conditions of a commercial fishing licence.
An investigation conducted by the Ministry of Natural Resources found that between
March 28 and April 4, 2012, while fishing under the authority of the company's commercial
fishing licence, Shawn Cook failed to maintain a complete commercial fishing logbook
as required by a condition of the licence. In addition, Cook submitted a daily catch
report that contained false information regarding the length of gill nets that were
L.R. Jackson Fisheries Limited and Shawn Cook were each fined $2,500 for submitting
the report containing false information, and $2,500 for failing to maintain a complete
commercial fishing logbook. The court also ordered that, for the period of one year,
Cook must have a GPS unit monitored by the ministry installed in any commercial
fishing vessel he operates.
In addition to the penalties assessed by the court, the ministry will be making
a licence condition change to the company's commercial fishing licences. This change
will require any commercial fishing vessel operating under these licences to have
a GPS unit monitored by the ministry installed prior to engaging in any commercial
Justice of the Peace Cheri Emrich heard the case against L.R. Jackson Fisheries
on December 21, 2012, and the case against Shawn Cook on January 4, 2013, both in
the Ontario Court of Justice, St. Thomas.