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5,000 In Fines And Fishing Ban For Fishing Violations

June 4, 2018 - A Quebec resident has been fined a total of $5,000 for fishing-related offences.

Van Lao Nguyen of Montreal pleaded guilty and was fined $3,000 for fishing without a licence, $1,000 for possessing a spear within 30 metres of the water’s edge, and $1,000 for using an artificial light to attract fish. His fishing gear was permanently forfeited and he is prohibited from fishing for five years.

Court heard that on August 17, 2017, conservation officers contacted Nguyen, who was night fishing using a spot light from an inflatable motorized boat. Officers followed Nguyen to the boat ramp at Erieau Marina. During a subsequent inspection, it was determined that Nguyen did not have an Ontario Outdoors Card or fishing licence. Upon further inspection of Nguyen’s van, officers discovered three plastic coolers containing 33 largemouth bass, 41 crappie, and 10 panfish.

Justice of the Peace Susan Hoffman heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chatham, on May 24, 2018.

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). Visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.


Last Updated: Monday, 04 June 2018 11:52:50 AM EST

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