An Edmonton, Alberta trucking company and a Markham, Ontario truck driver have
been fined a total of $75,000 for possessing live Asian carp in Ontario.
Alltheway Trucking Inc. and Yong-Sheng Zhang were each found guilty under the federal
Fisheries Act for possessing live invasive fish. The company was fined $70,000 and
the truck driver was fined $5,000. In addition, over 3,000 kilograms of grass carp
was forfeited to the Crown.
The court heard that on January 25, 2012, a truck from Alltheway Trucking Inc. entered
Canada at the Ambassador Bridge's Windsor/Detroit border crossing carrying grass
and bighead carp from the state of Arkansas. The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
contacted the Ministry of Natural Resources to assist with the inspection of the
truck. Conservation officers with the Lake Erie Enforcement Unit inspected the truck
and found that some of the grass carp were still alive. They subsequently seized
all of the fish.
On February 28, 2012, the same truck and driver again entered Canada at the Ambassador
Bridge's Windsor/Detroit border crossing carrying bighead carp from the state of
Arkansas. After being contacted by the CBSA, conservation officers found 6,350 kilograms
of bighead carp, some of which were alive. They seized the truck and fish. Both
the truck and the fish were held until such time as officers were able to determine
that all of the bighead carp in the truck were dead.
Justice of the Peace Maureen Ryan-Brode heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
Windsor, from June 3 to June 7, 2013, and rendered her decision on January 16, 2014.
It has been illegal to possess live invasive fish, including bighead, grass, black
and silver carp, in Ontario since 2005 because of the significant threat they pose
to the province's lake systems. As part of the ongoing efforts to protect Ontario's
environment from the importation of invasive species, the Ministry of Natural Resources
will continue to work with its law enforcement partners to monitor compliance with
To report a natural resource violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free
any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours. You can
also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).