$2000 in Fines for Fishing Offences

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DRYDEN – Two United States residents have been fined a total of $2,000 for fishing offences.

Steven Cody of Hudson, Wisconsin, and James Kerr of Boston, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty and were each fined $1,000 for having an over-limit of walleye.

Court heard that on August 23, 2016, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers were inspecting anglers on Eagle Lake, west of Dryden. Cody and Kerr were stopped and found to have an over-limit of four walleye. Further investigation revealed the men had more walleye stored in a cabin they were renting. In total, the men had 16 walleye, eight more than permitted by their sport fishing licences, which entitled them to possess four walleye each. Officers seized the walleye.

Justice of the Peace Danalyn MacKinnon heard the case against Cody on December 1, 2016, and the case against Kerr on February 2, 2017, in the Ontario Court of Justice, Dryden.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the Ontario Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ontario.ca/fishing.

To report a natural resources violation, call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).