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B.C. seafood processing company fined $40k for undersized crabs

By Food in Canada Staff   

Business Operations Seafood British Columbia Editor pick

Crab being measured. This was presented as evidence in Court.

A routine inspection of commercial seafood processing plants by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) fishery officers in January 2023 resulted in a fine of $40,000. On December 6, 2023, Tenshi Seafood was handed down the fine in Richmond Provincial Court after pleading guilty to the possession of undersize crabs by a commercial business, which is a violation of Canada’s Fisheries Act.

This is the second significant fine for Tenshi Seafood, which was also fined $75,000 in January 2020 for obstruction and ordered to comply with various conditions.

The harvest of undersized crab is the largest threat to conservation of Dungeness crab stocks, which is a traditional food source for Indigenous communities and core to the livelihood of commercial crab harvesters. Dungeness crab is also a significant economic benefit to coastal communities; specifically, the recreational fishery industry and tourism.

Size limits are used as the primary conservation measure in all crab fisheries. In British Columbia, the size limit for male Dungeness crab is 165 mm across the maximum breadth of the carapace. Females may not be retained. The protection of females and a significant portion of the mature males in Dungeness crab populations ensure that harvestable stocks can be sustained.


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