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Catching Walleye During Closed Season And Weekend Enforcement Blitz

$2,400 in Fines for Catching Walleye during Closed Season

May 31, 2018 - Two Elgin County men have been fined a total of $2,400 for fishing offences under the Ontario Fishery Regulations.

Cody Welsh of Rodney and Kyle Robertson of Dutton pleaded guilty and were each fined $1,200 for catching and retaining walleye during the closed season. Court heard that on March 24, 2018, conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry observed two individuals angling on the Thames River in the town of Delaware. A compliance check was conducted and it was determined that Welsh and Robertson had each caught and retained five walleye. The open season for walleye closed on March 15, 2018.

Justice of the Peace Paul Langlois heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, London, on May 14, 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. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.

35 Charges Laid in Weekend Enforcement Blitz

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry laid 35 charges and issued 27 warnings during an enforcement blitz on the Detroit River and Inner Long Point Bayover the long weekend, May 18 to 21, 2018.

Conservation officers from the Southern Marine Enforcement Unit checked 749 anglers for compliance with the Ontario Fishery Regulations.

Charges and warnings were issued for various fishing-related offences, including:

  • Fishing without a licence
  • Fishing in a sanctuary
  • Possess live invasive species
  • Using more than permitted number of lines

Conservation officers also used the opportunity to educate the public about invasive species and the negative effect they can have on biodiversity in the Detroit River and surrounding waters.

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. You may be able to provide information that will help solve a case.


Last Updated: Thursday, 31 May 2018 10:11:11 AM EST

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