Released on November 18, 2013
Four Saskatchewan men were fined a total of $7,570 in Spiritwood Provincial Court last week after pleading guilty to 12 charges under The Saskatchewan Fisheries Regulations.
Cyril Brock of Saskatoon was convicted of angling with too many lines, over-possession of fish and exceeding the daily limit. He was fined $3,720 and given a three-year angling licence suspension.
William Tyndall of Chitek Lake was convicted of angling with too many lines and over-possession of fish. He was fined $2,950 and given a one-year fishing prohibition.
Robert Weal of Chitek Lake was convicted of two counts of angling with too many lines and was fined $650.
Guy Denton of Wilkie was convicted of angling with too many lines and fined $250.
The charges were laid as the result of a two-year covert investigation by Saskatchewan’s Ministry of Environment. The investigation was initiated by calls from the public to the Chitek Lake Ministry of Environment office.
“Excessive fishing can harm efforts to maintain game fish populations,” Ministry of Environment Compliance and Enforcement Director Ken Aube said. “We hope that the penalties imposed by the courts in this case will serve as a deterrent to those who consider abusing our fisheries resources in the future.”
Anyone who suspects environmental, forestry, fisheries or wildlife violations is encouraged to contact a Ministry of Environment office, or call the province’s toll-free Turn In Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 from a SaskTel cell. Suspected violations can also be reported online at www.environment.gov.sk.ca/compliance-enforcement. Those who report violations may be eligible for cash rewards through the SaskTip Reward Program.
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