By Heidi Riedner
A Mississauga man netted $3,700 in fines and had his fishing licence suspended for five years after multiple fishing violations on Lake Simcoe.
José Garcia was convicted in a Whitby court last week on all charges stemming from an inspection by Natural Resources Ministry conservation officers on snowmobile patrol March 8.
Poaching lake herring (cisco) during a year round closed season on Lake Simcoe constituted the bulk of the penalty, resulting in a fine of $3,000.
Two cisco were presented to the officers at the time of inspection, but further scrutiny of the area resulted in the discovery of 95 more in a garbage bag behind the ice hut, Jay Downey of the ministry’s Aurora detachment said.
Garcia was also fined $300 for fishing without a licence, $200 for unlawfully using another person’s fishing licence and $200 for obstructing a conservation officer.
A previous conviction for fishing without a licence was considered in sentencing, Downey added.
A man who was fishing with Garcia has been charged for his role in catching and retaining cisco during the closed season.
Another man faces charges for enabling Garcia to unlawfully use his fishing licence.
To report a natural resources violation, call 1-877-TIPS-MNR (847-7667) toll-free any time or contact your local ministry office during regular business hours.
You can also call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).