Farmer pleads guilty to Fisheries Act offences: $72,355 penalty

November 20, 2014 - Summerside, Prince Edward Island - Environment Canada

Warren Ellis, of Mount Royal, Prince Edward Island, was sentenced to pay a total of $72,355 in Summerside Provincial Court after pleading guilty to two violations of the Fisheries Act.  

In pleading guilty, Ellis accepted responsibility for two violations related to two fish kills that occurred on July 23, 2011 and July 5, 2012 in western Prince Edward Island. An Environment Canada investigation, with support from the Province of PEI, revealed that Ellis had failed to take reasonable measures to prevent an agricultural pesticide from being released into fish-bearing waters, which then resulted in thousands of dead fish in Trout River and Barclay Brook. Ellis was also sentenced for committing a provincial Agricultural Crop Rotation Act offence.

The total monies ordered will be distributed as follows:

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