Newfoundland and Labrador hunter sentenced for an offence under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994
August 14, 2020 – Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador – Environment and Climate Change Canada
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On August 5, 2020, Todd Green of Burgeo was ordered to pay a fine of $5,000, in the Provincial Court in Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador. Mr. Green pleaded guilty to one offence under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. The total fine will be directed to the Government of Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund.
In addition to the fine, the Court ordered that Mr. Green be prohibited for a period of three years from:
- possessing migratory game birds;
- possessing a migratory game bird hunting permit;
- being in the presence or company of anyone hunting migratory game birds; and
- being near coastal waters, with the exception of general transportation.
During a routine patrol on February 7, 2019, Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers were inspecting hunters to verify compliance with the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. That afternoon, an inspection revealed that Mr. Green had been hunting migratory birds, and had in his possession a Razorbill. A Razorbill is a migratory non‑game bird, which cannot be harvested under a migratory game bird hunting permit. Mr. Green was charged under the Act for unlawfully possessing a migratory bird.
- Under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994, Environment and Climate Change Canada is responsible for protecting migratory birds, their nests, and populations and for regulating potentially harmful human activities that may affect them.
- The Environmental Damages Fund is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada. It was created in 1995 to provide a mechanism for directing funds received as a result of fines, court orders, and voluntary payments to priority projects that will benefit the environment.
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