June 19, 2006

Landowner fined $3,500 for destruction of fish habitat on Georgian Bay

MIDLAND, ONT-A Mississauga, Ontario resident recently pleaded guilty to a charge under section 35(1) of the federal Fisheries Act and was fined $3,500. The offences occurred along the Georgian Bay shoreline at Tiny Beach Road North in Tiny Township, Ontario. An investigation revealed that between October 27 and November 5, 2005, Salvatore Petruccelli graded the waterfront with heavy equipment, altering the substrate and covering cobble material with silt and sediment. Inshore areas along Georgian Bay that may dry out during low-water periods are still considered fish habitat as they become productive nursery and spawning areas for a wide variety of fish once the water levels rise. Petrucelli pleaded guilty to one count of "the harmful alteration, disruption, or destruction of fish habitat." Fisheries and Oceans Canada requested that the fine be directed to the Severn Sound Environmental Association for use to restore, enhance, and monitor fish habitat in the Southern Georgian Bay area.

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