Reading stuff like this pizzes me off big time. The legal and financial penalties for people caught dumping invasive species into NS waterways should be in direct relationship to the environmental damage suffered. The spreading around of bass and pickerel in particular I find upsetting, as these introductions are done solely for selfish purposes, in full knowledge of the impact these species will have on native trout, salmon and other fish populations. And I don't believe 99% of these folks even eat these species of fish... they fish them for pure 'sport' alone.
Somebody was telling me recently that Folly Lk is now full of bass, and the trout fishing has suffered badly as a result. Apparently there are even fellas bragging about having taken part in introducing bass to the lake. Why wouldn't they though? Can't say I ever recall hearing of charges being laid against anyone in NS, and just look at the number of waterways bass and pickerel have magically appeared in over the last 20-30yrs.