$4800 FINE FOR TOO MANY WALLEYE

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(IGNACE, ON) – An Ignace man has been fined for possessing an over-limit of walleye.

Lee Baldwin pleaded guilty and was fined $4,800 for possessing more walleye than allowed under the Ontario Fishery Regulations. Baldwin also received a four-year fishing licence suspension.

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Court heard that on July 26, 2018, as part of an ongoing moose investigation, conservation officers executed a search warrant on Baldwin’s residence. During their search for moose meat, the officers found packages of frozen fish in a freezer. Much of the fish had been skinned and packaged in a manner in which it could not easily be counted. Upon seizing and thawing the fish, officers determined that Baldwin was in possession of 24 walleye over his legal possession limit.

Justice of the Peace Edith Baas heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Ignace, on September 11, 2018.

The public is reminded that catch and possession limits are in place to ensure the sustainability of Ontario’s fisheries.

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For more 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).

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.

Source: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

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