Miscalculating Herring Catch Is a Mistake Not Deliberate Falsification


Prosecutors charged a herring boat owner with falsifying catch numbers. The owner admitted to occasionally botching the numbers but denied doing it on purpose. The court tossed out the Fisheries Act charge. There was no evidence that the owner tried to mislead anybody. He was a credible witness; and his numbers were 99% accurate, which the court said was pretty impressive given how tricky it was to calculate the herring weight numbers right [R. v Gauvin & Noel Ltee., 2017 CanLII 66009 (NL PC), Oct. 10, 2017].