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Prince Edward Island Resident Convicted for Violations under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994

SUMMERSIDE, P.E.I. -- December 22, 2011 -- Environment Canada’s Enforcement Branch investigation into the illegal sale of migratory birds has resulted in convictions, fines and court ordered prohibitions for a Prince Edward Island resident.

Corey Marchbank, age 39 of Miscouche, pleaded guilty in provincial court in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, for violations under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994.

Corey Marchbank was fined $4,000 after pleading guilty to three counts of selling geese and ducks on Prince Edward Island. He is also prohibited for two years from hunting migratory birds, or from being in the company of anyone hunting migratory birds.  

It is illegal to sell, offer for sale, buy or trade a migratory bird protected under the Migratory Birds Convention Act, 1994. Environment Canada enforces federal wildlife legislation that protects plant and animal species throughout Canada. This is done in collaboration with other federal departments, provincial and territorial governments as well as international agencies and organizations.

Over the past several years, Environment Canada has been receiving and investigating an increased number of complaints of alleged offences involving the sale of wildlife and wildlife parts. This case is just one of several ongoing investigations into the commercialization of wildlife.

In Atlantic Canada there has been an increase in the sale of wildlife for profit. Recent examples include the sale of murres in Newfoundland and Labrador and the sale of ducks and geese in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

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