U.S. company sentenced to pay $35,000 for offence under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

October 25, 2017 – Witless Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador

The economy and the environment go hand in hand, and Environment and Climate Change Canada’s enforcement officers work hard every day to make sure people and companies are observing Canadian environmental laws.

The Eyelander, a vessel owned by U.S. company Bright Eye Fishing Corporation, has been fined $35,000 in the Provincial Court of Newfoundland and Labrador after the company pleaded guilty to violations under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. The fine will be directed to the Environmental Damages Fund.

On August 25, 2017, the Eyelander ran aground on Green Island, part of the Witless Bay Seabird Ecological Reserve, in Newfoundland and Labrador. Environment and Climate Change Canada enforcement officers conducted an investigation and found that the grounding caused the ship to deposit diesel fuel in an area frequented by migratory birds. As part of the investigation, 16 murre-chick carcasses were recovered from the oil sheen on the water.

As a result of this conviction, the company’s name will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry.

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