MNRF Enforcement Blitz Nets 19 Charges

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photo from Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

THUNDER BAY – The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry laid 19 charges and issued eight warnings during a two-day enforcement blitz on Lake Nipigon, Ontario.

On May 27 and 28, 2017, conservation officers from Nipigon Enforcement Unit and a Greenstone Ontario Provincial Police constable checked 70 resident and non-resident anglers. Officers checked for compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and the Ontario Fishery Regulations, with special attention to regulations that apply only to Lake Nipigon.

Charges and warnings were issued for:

  • fishing without a licence
  • possessing live brook trout
  • catching and retaining fish of a prohibited size
  • not using a barbless hook
  • using a line with more than one barbless hook

Officers also laid charges and warnings under the Small Vessel Regulations for having insufficient personal flotation devices or life jackets onboard a vessel.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the Recreational 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).