Saskatchewan

Catch of the day: Illegal fish-selling ring caught, fined $51K

An undercover operation has stopped an illegal fish-trafficking ring in the Buffalo Narrows area, the Saskatchewan government says.

Province says walleye stocks in the Buffalo Narrows area affected

The province says the magnitude of illegal fishing in the recent case was enough to hurt walleye stocks in the Buffalo Narrows area. (Canadian Press)

An undercover operation has stopped an illegal fish-trafficking ring in the Buffalo Narrows area, the Saskatchewan government says.

Fifteen charges under fishing regulations were handed out to four men. As well, total fines topped $51,000.

The case dates back to 2011.

According to the  province, undercover officers caught the four illegally trafficking walleye and outfitting without a licence.

The officers were also approached by subsistence fishermen who sold fish to them illegally, the province said.

One of the men was fined close to $19,000 and has been prohibited from commercial fishing for two years.

The men recently pleaded guilty to their offences in provincial court.

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