The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry laid 29 charges and issued 41 warnings last week to people in Guelph during their 3 day enforcement blitz.
Conservation Officers from the Guelph Enforcement Unit checked 359 anglers between July 28-30. Officers were checking for compliance with the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act, the Ontario Fishery Regulations, and the Invasive Species Act.
Charges and warnings were issued for:
- fishing with too many lines
- fishing without a licence
- transporting live fish, other than baitfish, without a licence
- fishing using a hook that is not barbless
- fishing using anything other than an artificial lure
- using live fish as bait that is not a baitfish
- failing to carry a fishing licence
Other anglers were charged for driving their vessel/boat with open liquor and for not having enough life jackets on board.
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry officer during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).