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Vancouver fishing company, operator face tuna licence violations

Alleged Fisheries Act violations include failing to have correct technological equipment on a vessel and failing to keep a log book.
yellowfin tuna
International conventions govern tuna fishing.

A Vancouver fishing company and operator have been charged with two federal Fisheries Act offences in connection with tuna fishing activities.

Timothy Wayne Brown and Worldwide Seafoods Inc. are charged with licence violations related to fishing in B.C. waters.

The first charge is failing to have Department of Fisheries and Oceans-approved vessel monitoring system satellite transponder equipment. Court documents said such equipment is mandatory for vessels over 24 metres long used for tuna fishing in the Inter American Tropical Tuna Commission Convention Area.

Brown is also charged with failing to comply with his licence in not keeping an accurate log of harvest and fishing locations.

The charges relate to alleged occurrences between July 22 and Aug. 29, 2018.

Canada is one of 21 countries that has ratified the convention that governs management and conservation of tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

The charge information was sworn Feb. 15. The accused made an appearance in Vancouver provincial court on June 8.