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Cops hand out fish to other anglers after three fishermen break quota

'Officers released the live fish and offered the remaining fish to anglers that weren't in excess of their limits'
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Renfrew OPP found approximately 32 fish were on the boat and in the live well.

Anglers who obeyed the law got a reward last week at the expense of others who broke the province's fish quota.

Renfrew OPP officers patrolled the waterways during a weekend of the campaign and on September 4, at approximately 10:30 a.m., the marine unit was on a lake in Greater Madawaska Township.

The officers approached a boat with three people that were fishing.

They conducted an investigation and issued offence notices under the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act for "transport fish unlawfully taken or possessed" and the Ontario Fishery Regulations for "possessing more than sport fishing licence specified quota of fish."

The fine is $200 and under the OFR, officers are instructed to add $50 to the fine for each fish exceeding quota. 

"In this incident, approximately 32 fish were observed both on the boat and in the live well," said Constable Amanda Carruthers. "Officers released the live fish and offered the remaining fish to anglers that weren't in excess of their limits."


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