Tips from residents lead to major crab-poaching bust – B.C. Coast Reporter

Up around Naniamo, B.C. Most troubling of all is that it was being done in an area closed due to dioxin contamination. No report of whether stores are going to be asked to withdraw crab from shelves.

Charges are in the works after the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) arrested three men suspected of large-scale crab poaching on the Sunshine Coast. Posters headed “Poacher Alert” placed along Ocean Beach Esplanade by community members and showing a picture of a boat working the area between Roberts Creek and Gibsons urged people to keep an eye out and call DFO. Last week, tips from the public paid off. Tom Hlavak, a DFO conservation and protection area chief, said the men were arrested Jan. 26 in an operation involving six fisheries officers. Their boat and several crab traps were also seized. Sean Eckford reports. (Coast Reporter)

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