Fishing lodge fined $15K

The owners of a Masset fishing lodge were recently fined $15,000 for breaking fishing regulations

The owners of a Masset fishing lodge were recently fined $15,000 for breaking fishing regulations.

Naden Lodge offers trophy salmon and halibut fishing, and operates a fleet of five boats as well as a six-bedroom lodge in Masset.

The company was convicted on Dec. 3 for two Fisheries Act violations — exceeding a possession limit and selling fish not covered by a commercial licence.

According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, $13,000 of the company’s total $15,000 penalty will go towards efforts to conserve and protect fish and fish habitat on Haida Gwaii, as well as fisheries education work or marine mammal research. Local non-profit environmental groups can apply for the funding, which will be held in a special-purpose account.

Both offences occurred between mid-May and early July.

At the time, Naden was also ordered to forfeit 17 Chinook salmon and three halibut.

Calls to Naden Lodge were not returned by press time.