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Man fined for too many fish

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An American man has been fined for having more than the daily limit of fish.

Chris Lind, of Fargo, N.D., pleaded guilty under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and was fined $1,350 for having nine walleye over the daily limit.

The court heard that on July 9, Lind told U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Rainy River-Baudette crossing that he had six walleye that had been caught in Sabaskong Bay on Lake of the Woods near Nestor Falls.

Upon inspection, the officers found 11 frozen, filleted, and packaged walleye. Lind’s fishing licence entitled him to a daily catch-and-possession limit of two walleye.

The nine over-limit fish were seized.

A Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer interviewed Lind after being alerted by American Customs officers.

Justice of the Peace Pat Daub heard the case Aug. 23 in Dryden.

The ministry reminds anglers 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.

For more information, consult the 2011 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary before heading out to fish.

The summary also is available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, licence issuers, and on the MNR’s website at ontario.ca/fishing

To report a natural resources violation, call toll-free 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) any time or contact your local MNR office during regular business hours.

You also can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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