FREDERICTON (GNB) – Ice-fishing shelters must be removed from all provincial waterways no later than March 10 in the southern part of New Brunswick and by March 31 in the northern part.

The area below Bath in the west and Bouctouche in the east is considered the southern part of the province while the area above is the north.

“With ever-changing weather patterns, it is vital for owners of ice-fishing structures to keep monitoring the conditions,” said Environment and Local Government Minister Jeff Carr. “If the weather warms up, those dates could change.”

The annual removal order falls under Section 15 (7) of the Water Quality Regulation of the Clean Environment Act. Owners are responsible for removing their structures along with any debris before the respective deadlines to avoid causing an environmental hazard.

Signs, which are posted at popular ice-fishing sites, remind shelter owners to respect regulations and to properly maintain their shelters until the end of the fishing season.

The department encourages all New Brunswickers to be responsible stewards of the environment, and to report any infraction of environmental regulations.

More information is available online.