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Native Harvest (Atlantic) Seafood (671783 NB Inc.) fined $15,000 for offences under the Fish Inspection Regulations

On February 18, 2020, the fine was reduced to $7,000 on appeal.

October 1, 2018, Ottawa: On August 10, 2018, in Saint John, New Brunswick Provincial Court, Native Harvest (Atlantic) Seafood (671783 NB Inc.) pled guilty to 1 count of contravening subsection 14(3) of the Fish Inspection Regulations.

Subsection 14(3) of the Fish Inspection Regulations indicates that no person shall export fish unless all the processing and storage of the fish is carried out in a registered establishment, or the person holds a fish export licence.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency's (CFIA) investigation determined that the company exported soft shell clams to the United States on three separate occasions in 2016. This is contrary to Subsection 14(3) of the Fish Inspection Regulations. The investigation resulted in charges being laid in Saint John Provincial Court.

Judge Winchester imposed the sentence, a fine of $15,000, on September 25, 2018.

The CFIA is responsible for the administration and enforcement of federal legislation, acts and regulations, including the Fish Inspection Act and Regulations. We are dedicated to safeguarding food, animal, and plant health, which enhances the health and well-being of Canada's people, environment, and economy.

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