THUNDER BAY, ON - March 4, 2011 - Allan Ricky Martin of Pickle Lake has been fined $2,250 for possessing an over-limit of 15 walleye. The court heard that on May 23, 2010, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer contacted Martin and six passengers on his boat as they returned from fishing on Kapkichi Lake in Sioux Lookout District. Forty-three walleye were on the boat. The seven anglers were each allowed a legal daily catch and possession limit of four walleye. Martin accepted responsibility for the 15 walleye over the legal daily catch and possession limit of 28 for the group. The over-limit fish were seized and forfeited to the Crown and then donated to charity.
Justice of the Peace Daisy Hoppe heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, in Pickle Lake, on February 16, 2011.
The ministry reminds anglers that it is illegal to catch and keep large quantities of fish. An individual may not have more fish than the possession limit of that species. Possession includes storing fish at home, at other locations or in freezers, as well as transporting them and holding them in live wells. In addition, a person cannot knowingly make a false or misleading statement to a conservation officer carrying out duties under the Fisheries Act.
Fined For Obstructing a Conservation Officer
A Pickle Lake man has been fined a total of $950 for angling-related offences.
Gregory Pickett was fined $750 for obstructing a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer and $200 for fishing without a licence.
Court heard that on May 23, 2010, a conservation officer contacted Pickett as he returned from fishing on Kapkichi Lake in Sioux Lookout District. Pickett told the officer that he had left his fishing licence at home. Upon investigation, the officer discovered that Picket bought a fishing licence after being questioned and asked the licence issuer to backdate it to May 21, 2010, two days earlier.
Justice of the Peace Daisy Hoppe heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Pickle Lake, on February 16, 2011.
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (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).