Linda Greenlaw convicted for fishing

June 4th, 2009 - 7:44 pm ICT by GD  

Author Linda Greenlaw has been convicted on charges of illegally fishing in Canadian territory. The verdict was passed against Greenlaw on May 30. The case was heard in the provincial court in St. John’s in the presence of Judge Joseph Woodrow.

The 48 year old Greenlaw was intercepted and picked up by a fisheries officer in last September. Her vessel, “Sea Hawk”, was found to have crossed Canada’s 200 mile limit. The author is a Maine fisherman, and was out of the estimated bounds in the water. The prosecution is seeking a $ 50,000 compensation for violating the rules. The defense is pleading for a lesser fine.

Greenlaw has repeatedly told that she was found in the Canadian waters because of a mistake on her part and it was not intentional. She and her crew aboard “Sea Hawk” were fishing for Swordfish in the water and hadn’t realized their folly until they were approached by the officials. Swordfish has very limited commercial value in Canada.

Judge Joseph Woodrow acknowledged that it was a mistake on Greenlaw’s part and sympathized with the skipper. However, he noted that being a responsible captain Greenlaw should have tallied with her GPRS at all times to avoid violating any laws.

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