Anglers are reminded to not import live organisms for bait when planning fishing trips. A Minnesota man is facing a $1,500 fine for doing so.
Court heard that in April, Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Rainy River port of entry contacted a fisherman, who was bound for a fishing trip on Lake of the Woods, to conduct a secondary inspection of his vehicle.
During the inspection, officers located seven dozen live bait-fish located in a hidden compartment of his vehicle. Conservation officers with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry confirmed that the angler had transported the live bait-fish into Ontario.
The ministry reminds the public that importing live organisms can threaten aquatic ecosystems by introducing invasive species, and transmitting pathogens such as parasites, viruses and bacteria not native to Ontario.
To report a natural resources violation, you can call the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667, contact your local ministry office, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).