Friday, February 25, 2022

Scott Steer - putting the 'P' into Poacher

Gabriola Island resident Scott Stanley Steer has landed in hot water, again. In the latest, the serial poacher led fisheries officers on a high-speed chase on March 2, 2020. The vessel he was driving had no navigational lights visible and he engaged in "evasive manoeuvres, including hairpin turns" and had "near collisions" in the chase to avoid capture. Steer was ultimately arrested after the chase, and was found to have more than 250 illegal crabs. Steer is off for another 6 months in jail and three years probation. He was also handed a lifetime fishing prohibition and a prohibition from being on any fishing vessel.
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.
Steer's career of stealing is extensive. Since 2008, there have been 15 different Fisheries and Oceans Canada files on him. 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.