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Man fined $2,600 for fishing offence

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A Keewatin woman has been fined $2,600 for fishing-related offences.

Ingrid Parkes pleaded guilty and was fined $1,600 for possessing an over-limit of walleye and $1,000 for packaging the fish in a manner so that the number could not be easily counted.

The fish were forfeited to the Crown.

Court heard that on Jan. 4, 2017, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers received information that two individuals were stopped at the Baudette, Minnesota, Customs and Border Protection port of entry with seven bags of unidentifiable fish fillets.

The officers' investigation revealed that Parkes was in possession of a total of 12 walleye, eight more than permitted by her sport fishing licence.

Justice of the Peace Pat Clysdale-Cornell heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Rainy River, on March 14, 2018.

The ministry reminds the public that fishing limits are in place to maintain a sustainable fishery so that anglers and other resource users may enjoy the resource in the future.

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).

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