Two Huron County men were recently arraigned for illegal possession of more than 85 bags of perch, walleye and crappie.
In March, Josh Wright, the Michigan Department’s Natural Resources Conservation Officer, received an intelligence from the MNR’s Report All Bracing hotline that 68-year-old Stanley Garbacz Jr. potentially had a few hundred possessions. of poles.
On the way to Garbacz’s residence, Wright enlisted the help of Huron County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Joshua Loss. When Loss arrived, he confirmed that there were a lot of filleted fish.
After being given permission to count the net net by Garbacz and Bruce Warren, 53, Wright counted 170 fish. Each man had 60 more fish than the daily catch limit of 25.
When Wright investigated Garbacz’s house, he found more than 85 bags of walleye, perch, and crappie, frozen and packaged in four freezers.
In total, Garbacz exceeded the daily limits of 35 walleye, 245 panfish and 393 additional perch.
Garbacz faces two over-the-limit possessions charges, one for the pole and one for the walleye. He must pay $ 7,930 in restitution.
Warren faces a charge for taking more than the perch daily limit and must pay $ 600.
Each man will face additional costs and could have his fishing privileges revoked when he is convicted in a future court appearance.
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“Fish rules and regulations are in place to maintain a healthy natural resource,” said Lt. Dave Shaw, Michigan MNR Law Enforcement Division.
“Exceeding the limits by one or more individuals can have an impact on the exploitable population and potentially reduce fish species for future generations,” said Shaw.
Suspected poaching violations can be reported 24/7 to the MNR Report All Bracing hotline at 800-292-7800. Tips can be submitted anonymously and rewards can be offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of suspects.
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