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Blitz finds most anglers obeying rules

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Most anglers stopped at a check on Highway 17, at the Manitoba border, were found to be complying with Ontario's fishing regulations.

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry conservation officers, along with a canine unit, conducted the enforcement blitz on Aug. 24.

Officers were checking for compliance with fishery and invasive species regulations, with a special focus on the movement of aquatic invasive species and bait crossing the border into Ontario.

Conservation officers checked 80 vehicles from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and Minnesota during the five-hour operation.

Officers issued three charges—all for the offence of bringing live leeches into Ontario for bait.

Additional charges are pending under the Fisheries Act, including:

  • bringing live leeches into Ontario for bait;
  • making a false or misleading statement to a fisheries officer; and
  • obstructing a fisheries officer.

One additional charge is pending under the Criminal Code of Canada.

Conservation officers also used the enforcement blitz to educate the public about angling regulations.

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

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

As well, 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.

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