On November 16, 2022, the British Columbia (B.C.) Provincial Court found Da Zhou, Zhao Chen, and Ngai Chau guilty of significant violations under the Fisheries Act, including the obstruction of justice and violations of recreational fishing regulations involving rockfish and lingcod.
The Honourable Justice Mrozinski delivered her sentence by prohibiting the three men from fishing for a year. She also ordered them to pay a total of $17,500 in combined fines and instructed that all of the defendants’ associated gear involved in the violations, including rods, reels, and lures, at an estimated value of $1,000, be forfeited to the Crown.
Most guides are professional skilled and trained to know their job. Most professional guides are Transport Canada licensed and commercial insured. We study hard to know the regulations and stay informed in the commercial development of the regulations of our industry.
Changes to the regulations which include closures for salmon species and ground fish Cod species.
British Columbia have 37 species of rockfish. They are caught in fisheries off the coast, plus inshore rockfish species.
This includes: Yelloweye, Quillback, Copper, China, and Tiger. These fish are normally caught with a hook and line gear, in rocky reef habitats.
Monitoring and research programs in B.C. indicate that inshore rockfish are at low levels of abundance. This is especially within the inland waters of Vancouver Island,
Fisheries and Oceans Canada needs your help. We are working to protect and conserve inshore rockfish.
In 2002 the D.F.O. started the “catch restrictions” and “fishery monitoring” and created “stock assessment programs”. The D.F.O. implemented (Rockfish Conservation Areas,RCAs) which are established throughout the B.C. coast.
Department of Fisheries & Oceans (D.F.O.)
The Rockfish Conservation Area’s make inshore rockfish protected from all mortality associated with recreational and commercial fisheries.