Manitoba Natural Resources and Northern Development have stated that officers will be enforcing rules designed to protect the province's natural resources.

The deadline for ice fishing shacks to have been taken down was on March 31st. Since then, officers have given out six tickets and four warnings regarding anglers and their ice fishing shacks. The offences include failing to remove an ice-fishing shack, failing to mark an ice-fishing shack or littering.

Officers have also taken down four shacks that were not taken down by their owners, while additional shacks have frozen to the ice. Any shacks that can't be removed risk falling into the body of water they're on, creating possible boating hazards.

Currently, the fine for failing to remove an ice-fishing shack is $152, the fine for failing to mark an ice-fishing shack is $52 and the fine for littering is $203. The court can also demand that the owner pay the costs for storage and removal.

For the full press release from the government of Manitoba, click here.