RCMP, Windsor Police Intercept US Fishing Boats On Canadian Side Of The Detroit River

Monday April 19th, 2021

Posted at 11:27am

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RCMP Shiprider vessel (Royal Canadian Mounted Police photo)

Ten people in two fishing boats allegedly operating on the wrong side of the Detroit River were served with fines and were asked to return to the United States by the RCMP and Windsor Police.

Police say in the early morning hours of April 15th, the RCMP’s Border Integrity Marine Operations division along with the Windsor Police Marine Unit and the Canada Border Services Agency intercepted two American charter fishing boats on the river.

Police say the operation was in response to public concerns about American fishing boats violating the Quarantine Act, the Customs Act and the Reopening Ontario Act.

Four charter fishing boats, registered in the United States, were observed operating on the Canadian side of the Detroit River, police allege.

Officials say the RCMP and Windsor Police boats were able to intercept two of the boats while two fled back into US waters. The two intercepted boats were escorted to a nearby port of entry and were examined by CBSA officers.

Windsor Police issued tickets to ten individuals under the Reopening Ontario Act for a total of $8,800. Police say all ten individuals were identified as United States citizens and were subsequently served with a “notice of Direction to Return to the USA” by the CBSA under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and the Quarantine Act.

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