Pictured is an ice hut on McMarmac Bay in Cochenour slowly being sucked through the melting ice over the last couple weeks.
MNR spokesperson, Michelle Nowak, says the Ministry is concerned about ice huts being left on the ice at the end of the fishing season due to the potential environmental, navigational and variety of other issues or hazards that may occur once the hut is sunk within the waterbed or lake.
For staff safety-related reasons, the MNR does not retrieve ice huts on questionable ice.
Ice huts left on the ice are treated as an unlawful deposit on public land. Under the Public Lands Act, the minimum ticketed fine for this would violation is $240, but under the Public Lands Act, the legislation provides for a maximum fine of $10,000 for this violation.