Poached pickerel picked off by province in Winnipeg

Manitoba Conservation doesn't like its pickerel poached.
Saskatchewan has nearly 100,000 lakes and rivers where walleye are often found. (CBC)

Manitoba Conservation doesn't likes its pickerel poached.

Officials with the province seized more than 326 kilograms of the fish in Winnipeg last week from Fergies Fish N' Chips and Seafood Market at the Forks.

Three commercial fishers from Lake Winnipeg and the owner of Fergies face charges under the Fisheries Act.

Commercial fishers are required to sell their fish through the Freshwater Fish Marketing Corporation (FFMC), or through a special dealer permit issued by the FFMC.

The permit allows them to sell to restaurants and retail or wholesale outlets licensed by the FFMC.

The seized pickerel will be donated to a local charity.