MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department is warning Vermont anglers to remove their ice shanties soon or face a fine of up to $1,000.

Officials say the law requires ice fishing shanties to be removed when the ice becomes unstable or by March 30, whichever comes first.

Shanties are also required to be labeled with the name and address of the owner.

State Game Warden Maj. Dennis Reinhardt says ice conditions can deteriorate quickly and this law exists to help ensure that shanties don’t become a boating hazard and create debris that will wash up on shore.