A male Dungeness crab that was recovered in the latest illegal crab fishing bust in Sooke.

Port Moody man arrested for illegal crab fishing

The 69-year-old was caught illegally fishing at the Sooke Harbour Marina.

  • Tue Aug 9th, 2016 1:00pm
  • News

A Port Moody man was arrested after illegally crab fishing at the Sooke Harbour Marina on Monday evening.

Sooke RCMP arrived at the marina around 5:23 p.m. after a resident phoned about several individuals fishing. Upon arrival, one of the individuals proceeded to dump a cooler filled with crab into the ocean, according to Staff Sgt. Jeff McArthur.

“An approaching officer directed him to stop – he did not,” he said.

The 69-year-old man, a Port Moody resident, was given a violation ticket for possession of an undersized Dungeness crab.

The cooler and four crab traps were seized and destroyed.

McArthur thanked the community for its continued support on preventing illegal crab fishing in the area.

“Along with the Department of Fisheries, we continue to make progress on the concerning issue of illegal fishing in the Sooke Basin,” he said.