DIGBY – Fishermen in southwestern Nova Scotia have been assessed some big fines.

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans updated its convictions webpage in January 2016 and was showing convictions between August and November 2015 – some of those convictions resulted in fines in the tens of thousands of dollars.

DFO usually posts the convictions monthly, but a backlog resulted in several months being posted at once.

The convictions are posted online here.

Raymond Adams of Middle East Pubnico was convicted in August of fishing untagged lobster traps. He was fined $20,000 and forfeited 40 traps, and his catch worth another $4,000. The court also imposed a 14-day license suspension, which could also be worth tens of thousands of dollars depending on when it was imposed.

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