Clarity on Rules and Regulations for Trout Power especially cheating.

A friend of mine was fishing the West Canada last night and spoke with a wise old fisherman who thought that the FINE for cheating in the tournament was uncalled for and inappropriate.  So once again, we will try to communicate more clearly. 

here is the recent update on the rules, specifically the fine for cheating.

Anyone caught cheating can be fined up to $500.00 depending on the circumstance (for example: keeping fish over the state limit.), but will be reviewed in front of a board of advisers.  They will be immediately disqualified without refund. The Creel study is an honor system event.  Our intention is to collect data and leave fish UN-harmed and healthy.  We want to document fish with photographs so we can judge health, as well as confirm size for the grand prize.  The river will be patrolled by Trout Power Volunteers, and the Trophy Section will be heavily watched. 

So why is it worded this way?  This is a catch and release creel study and tournament.  Anyone that kills fish in the creel study will simply be disqualified.  However, if someone kills fish and takes more than the legal limit, that is breaking the LAW and can be fined in upwards of $500.00.  Also, by signing up for the tournament you agree to the rules and regulations. 

Our desire is to collect data to set a baseline for the health of the fishery. 

Our fear is that people could harm or hurt fish during the census procedure. 

You must take special precautions to handle fish carefully, collect data, take a photograph, and release.  This is a work in progress and we are doing our best with what we have.  We do not have enough volunteers to judge the entire river, so most of the time we all are on the honor system.

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