ONTARIO CAPTAIN FINDS FISHING
IN OHIO EXPENSIVE
WINDSOR ó Sept.22, 2005
A Lake Erie (Canadian) commercial fisherman plead guilty Wednesday
and was fined $5000.00 for fishing in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie and
submitting a false daily catch report.
Jose Pacheco of Leamington plead guilty to failing to file an
accurate daily catch report. The court ordered permanent seizure of the
fish, which had a value of $5352.65.
Mr. Pacheco had previously plead guilty to charges laid by the Ohio
Department of Natural Resources and had been fined $1000.00 (US) and
ordered to pay $4200.00 (US) for restitution of the fish illegally
On December 16, 2004, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources was
notified by Ohio Department of Natural Resources that the U.S. Coast
Guard was monitoring the Miss Vanessa II as it pulled gill nets in U.S.
When the vessel returned to Wheatley, Ministry of Natural Resources
conservation officers seized 1161 kilograms of fish, including 1101
kilograms of walleye.
Investigators found that the location of the nets as written in the
captainís daily catch report for December 16 was false.
Justice of the Peace Rogers heard the case in the Ontario Court of
Justice, Windsor, on September 21, 2005.
The public is encouraged to help protect its natural resources by
reporting violations to the local ministry office or anonymously to
Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).