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Road check uncovers violations

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The Ministry of Natural Resources laid 17 charges and issued five warnings during an enforcement road check on Highway 11 at Couchiching First Nation on U.S. Memorial Day (May 25).

Conservation officers stopped 680 vehicles and checked 345 non-residents and one resident for compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and the Ontario Fisheries Regulations.

A Treaty #3 Police officer also attended the road check.

Charges and warnings were issued for:

•possessing an over-limit of fish;

•making a false statement to a conservation officer;

•transporting fish taken unlawfully as they were in a restricted size range;

•unlawfully packaged fish which could not readily be counted, identified, or measured; and

•a range of licence infractions, including fishing without a licence and failing to produce a licence.

As a result of a false statement made to a conservation officer at the road check, an investigation is underway, which may result in additional charges.

The MNR reminds the public that conservation officers conduct routine roadside checks to ensure anglers are obeying a variety of resource laws.

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