April 19, 2018 - A Port Maitland commercial fishing captain has been fined $1,000
for a commercial fishing violation on Lake Erie.
Paul Minor, of Wainfleet, pleaded guilty and was fined $1,000 for refusing to provide
a sample of fish to a ministry official, as required under the Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Act. Minor also pleaded guilty and received a suspended sentence for
violating the terms and conditions of his commercial fishing licence under the Ontario
Court heard that on July 13, 2017, a conservation officer with the ministry's southern
marine enforcement unit conducted an investigation into the fishing activities of
Minor, captain of the Lincoln R, a commercial fishing vessel. The investigation
determined that on July 4, 2017, a fisheries technician with MNRF's Lake Erie management
unit boarded Minor's vessel in Port Maitland and requested a sample of fish for
biological examination. Minor refused to comply with the request. The investigation
also determined that on July 5, 2017, Minor failed to keep his catch in 100-pound
containers, making it impossible for the ministry's port observer to conduct an
inspection of his catch. This was a violation of the terms and conditions of his
commercial fishing licence.
Justice of the Peace Eileen Walker heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice,
Cayuga, on April 11, 2018.
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). And
visit Ontario.ca/mnrftips to view an interactive, searchable map of unsolved cases.
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