Monday, July 26, 2021

Career poacher Scott Steer in forfeiture crosshairs

A forfeiture claim alleges Scott Steer has a 'prolific' history of illegal fishing violations and his assets are derived from crime. The B.C. government wants to seize a Gabriola Island home and more than $1.3m in cash from Steer, a former commercial fisherman who is banned from fishing in Canada until 2038.
Steer's career of stealing is extensive. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail and ordered to forfeit his crab fishing gear and vessel in 2016. It was his 4th offense.
He has poached commercial fisheries, sea cucumbers and crabs for more than a dozen years. In May 2021, Steer was convicted of crab fishing yet again, including contravening his ban for being on a fishing vessel, possessing fishing gear, fishing without a licence, fishing during a closed time and possession of crab caught illegally.