Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Drift gillnetters cited at Juneau

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed area
On 6/28/15 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Cynthia Adams, 53, of Haines, captain and permit holder on the F/V Lady Hawke, after observing her operating a drift gillnet in the waters of District 11A, which is closed to gillnets. Adams was cited and must appear in Juneau District Court.

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed area
On 6/28/15 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Samuel Carter, 32, of Sitka, captain on the F/V Julie Ann, and David Adams, 29, of Sitka, permit holder on the boat, after observing them operating a drift gillnet in the waters of District 11A, which is closed to gillnets. Carter and Adams were cited and must appear in Juneau District Court.

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed area
On 6/28/15 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Brian Bitz, 56, of Hoonah, captain and permit holder on the F/V Prospect, after observing him operating a drift gillnet during a closed period in the waters of District 11A, which is closed to gillnets. Bitz was cited and must appear in Juneau District Court.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Assist other agency, June 16 — Army EOD unit advised they would be traveling to Unalaska to destroy some unexploded ordnance on a nearby beach, and asked for assistance getting to/from the UXO site.

Trespass, June 19, 1610 hours — Officer issued a trespass advisement, per vessel captain, to a man no longer welcome onboard the boat.

Drunk disturbance, June 19, 1617 hours — Officers responded to a vessel on which an intoxicated man was causing a disturbance and allegedly making threats to commit suicide. The subject in question was taken into protective custody.

Dungeness crabber cited at Wrangell

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Wrangell
Type: Undersized Dungeness crab
On 6/18/15 Alaska Wildlife Troopers onboard the P/V Enforcer issued Breanna E. Miethe, 23, of Wrangell, a summons for retaining undersized commercial Dungeness crab. Arraignment set for 7/8/15 in Wrangell District Court.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Juneau man charged with trolling in closed area

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Hoonah
Type: Commercial fish closed area
On 6/23/15 Thomas T. Emerson, 24, of Juneau, was cited for operating commercial troll gear in a closed area. Emerson was observed by state aircraft trolling near Point Couverden when that area was closed. Arraignment set for 7/15/15 in Hoonah District Court.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sitka fisherman fined in unlawful sales case

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Conviction
On 6/16/15 Matthew L. Wilson, 57, of Sitka, pled guilty in Sitka District Court to two misdemeanor counts each of unlawful commercial fishing practices and filing a false fish ticket. Wilson was fined $4,000 with $1,500 suspended, ordered to pay joint restitution with a separate defendant, and placed on probation for two years. Two charges of unlawful possession of commercial fish were dismissed. The case resulted from a 2014 investigation which showed Wilson sold king salmon on at least two occasions from another fisherman who was not licensed to fish commercially. Wilson also falsely reported taking the fish himself as well as misreporting the areas the fish were taken.

Burglary reported at Trident Seafoods in Akutan

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Akutan
Type: Burglary, theft
On 6/20/15 the Akutan village public safety officer received a report of a theft from Trident Seafoods. Investigation revealed Allan Aguirre, 26, of Ontario, Calif., entered living quarters for Trident workers and stole property valued at over $250. Aguirre was arrested for burglary in the second degree and theft in the third degree and held at the Akutan holding facility pending arraignment.

SE gillnetter accused of fishing too near creek

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Lynn Canal
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 6/21/15 Juneau Wildlife Troopers observed the F/V Yarrow commercial gillnetting within 500 yards of Bessie Creek in Lynn Canal. Bessie Creek is a documented salmon stream, and commercial fishing is prohibited within 500 yards of salmon streams. The captain and permit holder on the Yarrow, Stefan Fritz, 45, of Lakebay, Wash., was issued a citation for commercial fishing in closed waters. Fritz has a mandatory court appearance in Juneau District Court.