More Dumped Crabs Discovered

Kathy Brookes

Another pile of illegally dumped crabs has been discovered in the Northwest, as fishery officers report progress in their investigation of a first occurance. 

Department of Fisheries Media Relations Advisor Leri Davies says in an email that a tip from the public led them to a pile of about 200 Dungeness crabs off the Skeena Crossing road about 20 kilometres west of Hazelton last week.  

Given their state of decay, Davies says investigators are confident those dead crustaceans are related to illegally-dumped crabs found April 2nd along Highway 16 east of Hazelton. 

That first discovery of about 250 crabs resulted in a flurry of responses from the public with important information that Davies says is helping move their enquiries along.  

Now, fishery officers are hoping for more tips.

The first dump was described as a violation of the Fisheries Act that could be linked to ongoing illegal fish sales on the North Coast. Officers suspect the crabs originated in the Prince Rupert area.

The DFO notes illegal seafood sales can affect sustainability and people's livelihoods, as well as pose a health risk to consumers.

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