Friday, March 9, 2018

Three charged, boat seized in sea cucumber case

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Whale Pass
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 3/7/18 Alaska Wildlife Troopers from Klawock, Petersburg and Wrangell concluded an investigation which began in December 2017. Investigation determined Jonathan McGraw Jr., 43, Keith Wagner, 52, and Curtis Looper, 27, all from Naukati, were commercially harvesting sea cucumbers from closed waters including from the sea cucumber preserve in Whale Pass. McGraw’s boat the F/V Bottom Time, his dive gear, and 1,263 pounds of sea cucumbers were seized on 12/19/17. McGraw was charged with seven counts of commercial fishing in closed waters, seven counts of illegal possession, six counts falsifying fish tickets, one count of violating conditions of release, one count of failure to display vessel identification, and one count of employing an unlicensed crewmember. Wagner and Looper were charged with one count each of commercial fishing in closed waters and illegal possession. Looper was additionally charged with one count of no crewmember license. In all, McGraw is suspected of unlawfully harvesting sea cucumbers on seven occasions totaling 7,506 pounds of sea cucumbers valued at a total of $35,288.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Kodiak man charged with skate bycatch overage

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kodiak
Type: Bycatch overage
On 2/19/18 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Michael McKee, 50, of Kodiak, aboard the F/V Tanusha. Investigation found McKee offloaded an overage of 748 pounds of longnose skate, which was 54 percent over his allowable bycatch of skate. McKee was issued a court summons, and the funds from the overage were seized by the state.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Kodiak crabber cited

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kodiak
Type: Undersized Tanner crab
On 1/23/18 Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted a dockside boarding of the F/V New Dawn. Following inspection of the Tanner crab being offloaded, Clifton Ivanoff, 31, of Kodiak, was charged with retaining undersized crab during the Kodiak commercial Tanner crab fishery.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Sitka man charged with damaging fisherman's gear

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Interfere with commercial fishing gear
On 1/22/18 Alaska Wildlife Troopers charged Joseph J. Daniels, 39, of Sitka, with interfering with commercial fishing gear and criminal mischief. The charges result from an investigation in April 2017 which concluded Daniels, onboard the F/V Amnicon, had intentionally damaged the fishing gear of another fisherman, causing over $700 damage and lost fishing time.

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.