Seafood retailer in Canada fined for selling crab illegally
A seafood retailer in Vancouver, British Columbia, was ordered to pay a fine of CAD 72,500 (USD 54,435, EUR 51,628) after illegally selling Dungeness crab and spot prawns.
After a major investigation by Fisheries and Oceans Canada Conservation and Protection, Yat Ming Enterprises Ltd. was ordered to halt illegal seafood sales in 2014. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), the store purchased seafood that was harvested when the season was closed.
In addition, “only fish caught under a license, which permits the sale or purchase of fish, may be purchased or sold. Any fish sold must be processed through a licensed plant to ensure quality and public safety. Fish that has not been inspected may be unsafe for consumption,” DFO said in a statement.
Last July, Yat Ming Enterprises plead guilty to the charges in Vancouver Provincial Court.
The judge also ordered Yat Ming Enterprises to abide by numerous stringent conditions to prove the legality of their seafood products. For two years, the store cannot receive deliveries of any local Dungeness crab or local spot prawn between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Yat Ming must also report time periods, species, quantities, harvest location and other details of its deliveries.
In a previous case in February 2014, Yat Ming was fined CAD 12,000 (USD 9,177, EUR 8,546) for possessing a significant number of undersized Dungeness crab in their Kingsway store's live holding tanks, according to the DFO press release.