Twenty-one people will face charges after being caught last week selling wall-eye in a black market in Minnesota, multiple sources reported.
The Department of Natural Resources said that they will press charges Monday after catching more people, according to the Star Tribune. The Star Tribune reported that this is part of a three year investigation after authorities noticed the number of fishes declining in lakes in Northern Minnesota.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that some charges "will involve the wanton waste of less commercially valuable species including northern pike that people caught and just dumped in the woods." Some members of the Ojibwe Tribe will also face charges, San Francisco Chronicle reported.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported wall-eyes caught in northern Minnesota have been sold for around $2 compared to legal ones which run from $11 to $17. The Star Tribune reported that the suspects could face up to 35 misdemeanors and "six gross misdemeanor charges in six northern Minnesota counties." The Star Tribune reported that they will face a fine that will likely exceed tens of thousands of dollars.
The Star Tribune reported that this is Minnesota's largest fish poaching case since 1993.