Winnipegger fined for overfishing

Winnipegger fined for overfishing, Vladimir Volenyuk

For Winnipeggers, the cold isn’t going away any time soon. Forecasts are calling for temperatures in the -20 to -30 C range for at least a week, and long-range models from Environment and Climate Change Canada indicate temperatures are likely to stay below normal until nearly the end of the month.

Environment Canada meteorologist said that the recent snowfall – of which Winnipeg saw between 10-15 cm – was the result of a warm front stemming from a low-pressure system currently located in central Saskatchewan.

People take advantage of winter weather and having fun ice skating, sledding and, of course, winter fishing. Some people enjoy it as a hobby, time to think and relax, but there are always ones that overdo it, which can lead to hefty fines.

The Manitoba Conservation Officers Association said they got a tip from a citizen about someone being over the legal limit on the Red River. Officers tracked the man down and watched him fish for a bit before talking to him. The man said he had caught three sauger.

However, officers found 20 more sauger in the back of the man’s truck, stashed away in cardboard boxes. The man was charged for having more fish than the quota allowed and now faces a $1,375 fine, as well as restitution. Officers seized all the fish and some of the man’s fishing equipment.

This proves one more time that everyone needs to follow the rules and obey the law. Fellow Winnipeggers, please get ready for the winter, it is not just about warm clothes for you and your family, but also make sure to change your tires for a winter ones and prepare all necessary equipment for snow cleaning, so you will have time to deal with the snow in front of your house and to get to work safely and on time!

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