Sale of Angler-Caught Fish Proves Costly
Two Toronto-area men have been fined $800 for the illegal sale of a single rainbow trout.
Hans “John” Ladinig, and Lian Jian Li pleaded guilty to charges under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act and were fined $400 each for buying and selling angler-caught rainbow trout.
The court heard that Ministry of Natural Resources conservation officers received a call on the MNR TIPS line regarding an angler who was observed on the Ganaraska River in Port Hope selling a fish he had caught. The officers conducted an investigation on site and were assisted by Toronto area conservation officer obtaining further evidence about the illegal sale.
Justice of the Peace Patricia McHenry heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice, in Cobourg, on June 9, 2010.
The public is reminded that sale of angler-caught fish is illegal. Commercial sale of Ontario’s sport fish is only permitted through a special licence.
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).