Canadian Manufacturing

N.L. fish processor fined $100K for dumping crab processing waste

Woodman Sea Products, based in New Harbour, N.L., pleaded guilty to one count under Canadian Environmental Protection Act



HARBOUR GRACE, N.L.—A seafood processor has been handed a $100,000 fine after it pleaded guilty to a federal charge related to dumping crab processing waste without a permit.

According to Environment Canada, Woodman Sea Products Ltd. pleaded guilty to one count under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for an offence dating back to July 2012.

The federal department didn’t provide much detail in the announcement, but said the offence “included the disposal of crab processing waste material” contrary to Canadian Environmental Protection Act rules, which calls for an Environment Canada-issued disposal-at-sea permit.

Woodman Sea Products was handed the mandatory minimum fine of $100,000.

Environment Canada said the money will go to the Environmental Damages Fund (EDF).

The company’s name will also be added to the Environmental Offender’s Registry.

Woodman Sea Products was established in 1971, and produces fresh, frozen, salted and cured seafood products, according to an Industry Canada profile.

The company, which operates in New Harbour, N.L., processes shellfish and groundfish, such as snow crab, blue mussels, Atlantic cod, haddock and flounder, and pelagic fish like capelin, herring, mackerel and squid.

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