$1,000 Fine For Commercial Fishing Violation

MNR NEWS – Lake Erie commercial fisherman pleaded guilty

Jack Queen has been fined $1,000 for violating the terms and conditions of his commercial fishing licence and allowing fish to spoil.

John S. Anderson of Wheatley, captain of the commercial fishing vessel, Jacks Queen, failed to declare his entire catch of walleye on his daily catch report and was fined $500.  He was also fined $500 for allowing fish to spoil

The court heard that on August 18, 2010, conservation officers with the Lake Erie Enforcement Unit were conducting a commercial fisheries marine patrol in the Chatham-Kent waters of Lake Erie. The officers observed the commercial fishing vessel Jacks Queen fishing approximately 10 kilometres south of Wheatley.  Following the fishing vessel, the officers collected from the water four spoiled walleye that were discarded by Anderson.  Further investigation revealed the fish had spoiled because the gill nets were left in the water too long.

Judge Donald Ebbs heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, Chatham, on March 25, 2011.

To report a natural resource violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your ministry office during regular business hours.  You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

MNR 2011 Ice Fishing Season Charges and Warnings

Most Anglers Obeying Rules During Local Ice Fishing Season

Most anglers checked during the 2010-2011 ice fishing season by conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources’ Lake Erie and Aylmer enforcement units were obeying the rules.

Conservation officers conducted numerous patrols on the ice-covered waters of Lake St. Clair, the St. Clair River, Lake Erie, Rondeau Bay and the Detroit River, from December until the third week of March.  In total, 775 resident anglers and 200 non-resident anglers were checked, and overall compliance with Ontario’s sport fishing and public safety-related legislation was found to be 77 per cent.

 

A total of 104 charges and 126 warnings were issued for the following offences:

Fishing without a licence

Catching and keeping too many fish

Fishing with too many lines

Failing to register ice fishing hut

Making a false statement or obstructing a conservation officer

Being more than 60 metres away from fishing lines

Fishing without carrying a licence

Failing to wear helmet on an off-road vehicle or snowmobile

Failing to have insurance for off-road vehicle or snowmobile

Driving an off-road vehicle or snowmobile without a permit

Possessing an open container of liquor in public place.

With the open water season just around the corner, conservation officers will continue patrolling the local waterways.  Anglers and pleasure boaters are reminded to make sure they know the local fishing regulations and have the required safety gear on board.

For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2011 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres, licence issuers and at ontario.ca/fishing.

 

To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry’s office at 519-825-4684 during regular business hours.  You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477)

Binational Panel Recommends Lake Erie Yellow Perch and Walleye Catch

2011 yellow perch and walleye levels similar to last year

YPSILANTI, MI – The Lake Erie Committee, a binational board of fishery managers from Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario, and Pennsylvania, recommended a 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) of 12.651 million pounds of yellow perch and 2.919 million walleye[1].  The yellow perch and walleye TACs are similar to last year’s levels.  These recommendations are based on extensive biological assessments and analyses by Canadian and American fishery agencies.  For both yellow perch and walleye, the committee is moving forward on a revision of fisheries policies and guidelines for the future.  The intent is to fully engage all stakeholders throughout that process.

 

Said Lake Erie Committee chair Don Einhouse of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, “The relative constancy of both the walleye and yellow perch TACs reflects the committee’s interest in providing stability to fisheries as we develop revised walleye and yellow perch harvest policies, with input from stakeholders.  We understand that in certain areas, the biological risk at these levels of harvest may increase, but will not threaten the sustainability of the resource as we transition to new policies.”

 

 

YELLOW PERCH

 

Overall, yellow perch stocks in Lake Erie are on the decline, though the stocks are stronger in the lake’s eastern part than in other areas of the lake.  For 2011, the Yellow Perch Task Group estimates the presence of 130 million yellow perch in Lake Erie, a 28% reduction from 2010 and a reduction from more than 400 million fish in the mid-2000s.  The decline is due to a weak year class in 2009.  The fishery is currently sustained by older fish from some good recruitment during the past decade.

 

Given the state of the Lake Erie yellow perch fishery, the committee recommended a 2011 TAC of 12.651 million pounds, a small decrease from last year’s allocation of 13.137 million pounds.  The consensus among committee members is that weak year classes may lead to lower allocations in some management units in the future.

 

The five jurisdictions on the lake divide the lakewide allocation of yellow perch based on allocation formulas by management unit.  For 2011, Ontario’s allocation is 6.182 million pounds, Ohio’s allocation is 4.991 million pounds, and Michigan’s allocation is 0.188 million pounds.  New York and Pennsylvania will receive 0.246 million pounds and 1.044 million pounds, respectively.  In 2010, actual lakewide yellow perch harvest was 9.69 million pounds or 74% of the TAC.

 


WALLEYE

 

The Lake Erie Committee recommended a binational TAC for walleye in 2011 of 2.919 million fish, compared to the TAC of 2.200 million fish in 2010. Actual walleye harvest in 2010 was approximately 2.0 million fish, or 91% of the TAC.   The Committee’s Walleye Task Group—comprising scientists and field biologists—reported that walleye recruitment in recent years has been moderate, particularly the 2007 year class.  Fish from the 2007 year class and the exceptional 2003 hatch remain the major contributors to the fishery.   The increased TAC recommendation for 2011 reflects the committee’s consensus that walleye status in Lake Erie appears better than previously forecasted.

 

The TAC is recommended by the Lake Erie Committee and is allocated to Ohio, Michigan and Ontario by an area-based sharing formula of walleye habitat within each jurisdiction in the western and central basins of the lake.  Under a 2011 TAC of 2.919 million fish, Ohio will be entitled to 1.492 million fish, Ontario 1.257 million fish, and Michigan 0.170 million fish.   The walleye fisheries of eastern Lake Erie remain outside the quota management area and harvest limits in that area are established by Ontario, Pennsylvania, and New York.

 

Said Committee Chair Don Einhouse, “The Lake Erie Committee is aware that the 2011 TAC recommendation, while an increase from last year, is still lower than TACs of five to ten years ago and substantially lower from TACs of the 1980s and 1990s.  Abundance of walleye in Lake Erie today is estimated to be 21.2 million fish, compared to highs of between 70 and 80 million fish in the past.”

 

Einhouse added:  “The committee remains committed to promoting sustainable walleye fisheries while allowing for the careful allocation of the fish based on annual biological assessments, modeling, and deliberation among the jurisdictions, with continued input from our valued stakeholders.”

 

 

LAKE ERIE COMMITTEE

 

The Lake Erie Committee comprises fishery managers from Michigan, New York, Ohio, Ontario and Pennsylvania. The committee’s work is facilitated by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, a Canadian and U.S. agency on the Great Lakes.  Each year the committee recommends a total allowable catch for walleye and yellow perch.  Total allowable catch represents the number or weight of fish that can be caught by sport and commercial fishers without putting the stocks at risk.  The individual agencies implement the recommended total allowable catch.  For more information, visit the Lake Erie Committee online at www.glfc.org/lec.

 


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Grants available for community conservation projects

Grand River Conservation Foundation grants are now available

 

Applications are now being accepted from community groups and schools for Community Conservation Grants given out by the Grand River Conservation Foundation and the Grand River Conservation Authority.

Each year grants of up to $1,000 are awarded to qualified groups (must be a registered charity), or up to $500 for elementary schools, undertaking conservation projects in communities throughout the Grand River watershed. Eligible projects must be tangible and available for the use or benefit of the entire community.

The deadline for receipt of grant applications is May 2. The award recipients will be selected this summer with the cheque presentation taking place this fall. A final report may be requested of grant recipients within one year, or upon the successful completion of the project.

Applications can be downloaded from www.grcf.ca or by contacting the foundation in Cambridge at (519) 621-2763 ext. 2373 or by e-mail at [email protected]