Fishing in a Sanctuary costs Toronto Angler $1700
A Toronto resident has been fined a total of $1,700 after he was convicted of several fishing offences.
Vincent John White pleaded guilty to all charges and was fined $1,000 for fishing in a sanctuary, $200 for fishing without a licence and $500 for making a false statement to a conservation officer.
The court heard that on April 3, 2010, a Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officer found White fishing in the fish sanctuary at Burleigh Falls, in Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield Township, Peterborough County. Fishing is prohibited in fish sanctuaries. The officer found that White had one live walleye in his possession, which the officer released. When the officer requested identification, White gave a false name.
Justice of the Peace Jason Mariasine heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, in Peterborough, on June 10, 2010.
For further information on fishing regulations, please consult the 2010 Recreational Fishing Regulations Summary, available at ServiceOntario/Government Information Centres and from 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 officer during regular business hours. You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).