Over Legal Fishing Limit Lands Thunder Bay Man $10,600 In Fines

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February 14, 2008 ~ THUNDER BAY ~  Shane Corlett, 39, has been fined $6,000 for having 30 walleye over the legal limit and $4,600 for having 23 brook trout over the legal limit. He forfeits the fish to the Crown.

During a police investigation in January 2006, an OPP officer discovered a lot of fish in the freezers at Corlett’s residence.  The officer seized the fish and turned it over to a Ministry of Natural Resources Thunder Bay District conservation officer. After investigating, the conservation officer laid charges against Corlett and the other occupant of the home, Amanda Blackshaw. At a trial in November 2006, they were each fined $4,200, but Corlett and Blackshaw successfully appealed and got a new trial.

At the new trial on February 6, 2008, Corlett claimed that the fish belonged to a First Nation person, but was unable to produce that person for questioning at trial.  Corlett was convicted.  The Crown withdrew charges against Blackshaw.

Justice of the Peace Marcel Donio heard the case in the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay.

The ministry reminds the public that fishing regulations are in place to ensure the sustainability of the fishery so that anglers may enjoy the resource in the future.

To report a natural resource 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).


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