The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry is seeking the public’s help in identifying the individual or individuals responsible for abandoning a set gill net in Lake Wolsey on Manitoulin Island.

On the afternoon of August 8, 2017, a conservation officer attended the west shoreline of Lake Wolsey after receiving a complaint from a member of the public through the MNRF TIPS line regarding an abandoned gill net. The officer removed the gill net along with over 18 kgs (40 lbs) of rotting fish, including walleye, yellow perch, smallmouth bass, common carp, white sucker and brown bullhead catfish.

The ministry is looking for information from anyone who may have been in the area and witnessed the activity, or who has information regarding the individual or individuals who abandoned the net.

If you have any information about this incident, please contact the MNRF TIPS line at 1-877-847-7667 toll-free any time, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).