SK Environment: Please Release Fish Responsibly

The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment reminds everyone who ventures out on Saskatchewan’s frozen lakes to enjoy a day of ice fishing to fish responsibly and safely.

Everyone can help maintain a sustainable fishery and a healthy environment. Respect angling limits, size restrictions and sustenance amounts. Keep natural areas clean by picking up empty bait containers and other trash when leaving the ice. Any litter left on the ice will wind up in the lake or along the shoreline when the ice melts, creating an unsightly mess and polluting the habitat for aquatic creatures, including fish.

When planning a day outdoors, please keep safety in mind. The lack of snow and recent fluctuating temperatures has created a variety of ice conditions, so watch for changing conditions, open water, cracks, slush and water on the ice and ice ridges. As well, it is unlawful to consume alcoholic beverages while out on the ice.

“A diverse group of people use the Saskatchewan fishery, including First Nations, Métis, recreational users and commercial fishers,” Ministry of Environment Compliance and Enforcement Director Ken Aube said. “By working together and showing respect, to each other and to the resource, we will continue to enjoy the benefits of a world-class fishery.”

Anyone who is aware of or who suspects environmental, wildlife or fisheries violations is encouraged to report them to the nearest Ministry of Environment office or to call the province’s toll-free Turn In Poachers (TIP) hotline at 1-800-667-7561 or #5555 for SaskTel cell phone subscribers. Callers may be eligible for cash rewards through the SASKTIP Reward program.

 

 

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