Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Troller nets $1,250 fine at Sitka

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Yakobi Island
Type: Commercial troll closed waters
On 11/7/17 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, cited Eric Mckee, 34, of California, for commercial trolling in a "high abundance king salmon area" offshore of Yakobi Island, while the area was closed. The citation was related to a violation observed 7/17/17 by AWT. Mckee pled no contest to the charge on 11/21/17 in Sitka District Court. He was fined $2,500 with $1,250 suspended and placed on probation for one year.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Sublegal Dungeness seized, crabber charged

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Undersized Dungeness crab
On 10/4/17 Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Robert J. Kupers, 46, of Ketchikan, for unlawful possession of undersized Dungeness crab and operating a commercial vessel without Alaska Department of Fish and Game numbers. Kupers was cited after he was contacted at E.C. Phillips in Ketchikan while operating the commercial fishing vessel Aljuhl without displaying his ADF&G numbers as required. Further investigation revealed Kupers was in possession of 94 commercially taken Dungeness crab. Inspection of the crab revealed 43 of the crabs aboard the vessel were under the legal size limit of 6.5 inches. The 43 sublegal Dungeness crabs were seized by the state. Arraignment set for 11/02/17 in Ketchikan District Court.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Juneau man charged with Dungeness gear violation

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Illegal pot storage
On 9/28/17 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued Tyson Fick, 44, of Juneau, a summons for illegal storage of commercial Dungeness crab pots. Fick failed to remove all of his pots after the Dungeness crab season closed.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Klawock man charged, seiner seized

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Craig
Type: Multiple violations
On 9/25/17 Curtis J. Demmert, 31, of Klawock, was charged with one count each of commercial fishing in a closed period, commercial fishing in closed waters, filing false information on a state fish ticket, and unlawful possession of fish. The charges stem from a report of illegal commercial fishing near the headwaters of a bay on Dall Island. Investigation showed that the crew of the F/V Tlingit Lady had harvested roughly 23,000 pounds of chum salmon in a closed area in District 3A. The salmon were then sold to a fish buyer. The proceeds of the sale have been confiscated by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for possible forfeiture. The Prince of Wales District Court issued multiple search warrants related to the investigation including a seizure warrant for the vessel. The F/V Tlingit Lady as well as its seine net, seine skiff and all fishing gear were seized.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Seine boat was too long, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Hoonah
Type: Vessel length
On 8/7/17 Douglas W. Chaney, 61, of Lakewood, Wash., was cited for operating a commercial salmon seine vessel that was longer than 58 feet in overall length. He was given an arraignment date of 8/24/17 in Juneau District Court.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Bristol Bay setnetters charged with salmon waste

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Egegik District
Type: Waste of salmon
On 7/4/17 permit holder Cienna Underwood, 11, of Anchorage; Tristan Williams, 18, of Everett, Wash.; and Maxwell Archer, 19, of Edmonds, Wash., were cited for wasting salmon by failing to remove about 1,000 pounds of salmon from a setnet and leaving them on the beach. Troopers inspected the salmon and determined the fish were unfit for use.