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Charges laid during blitz

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Conservation officers from Kenora District laid 13 charges and issued 39 warnings during an enforcement blitz Aug. 2-10 on the Winnipeg River between Kenora and the Manitoba border.

Officers checked 264 anglers, of which 209 were non-residents, for compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and Ontario fisheries regulations.

Charges and warnings were issued for:

•possessing an over-limit of walleyes;

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

•failing to keep fish measurable and identifiable; and

•fishing without a licence and failing to produce a licence.

Officers also laid two charges and issued three warnings against individuals for having open liquor in a boat.

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

For more information on fishing regulations, consult the 2008-09 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, from licence issuers, and 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.

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

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