RCMP is like a last resort, but it is part of their mandate deep down in fine print to deal with fishing infractions. Most of time they just pass the info onto either Fisheries or Conservation Officers. I said in an earlier post that I was checked once by a lone RCMP way out at Foley Lake in Chilliwack a couple years back. If they have time they will come out (I doubt they will come out for a barbed hook) if people are keeping illegal fish or quota issues, I am sure they will try. That’s awesome that you are keeping an eye out and taking the time to have the resources to call, we all need to do that.
I was talking to my neighbour (she is an RCMP constable) yesterday about this issue. She told me that the RCMP will try to attend all calls that they get regarding poaching, but may not always get there in a timely fashion. She did say however, that if you get a license #, a detailled description of the offense, can identify the guilty party (i.e. a photo lineup) and are willing to appear in court as a witness they will lay charges based on the information you provide. Having more than one witness greatly strengthens the case as well. This requires a large commitment on our part, but is a route we can take that is perhaps a bit more productive than just sitting back complaining that nothing is ever done about poachers.
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