Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Halibut longliner chased from Steller zone

From the U.S. Coast Guard:

June 30 2009

Coast Guard intercepts Kodiak vessel fishing illegally

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules crew sighted a Kodiak-based vessel illegally fishing Monday morning in the Clubbing Rocks no transit zone approximately 24 miles south of King Cove.

The aircraft crew established communications with the Shonna Jacole crew and it was longline fishing for halibut approximately one mile from the Clubbing Rocks Steller sea lion rookery. This area has a three-mile no transit zone around it.

The Hercules crew directed the Shonna Jacole crew to stop fishing, recover their gear and depart the no transit zone. At 1:17 p.m. the vessel complied with the directions and departed the area.

This information has been forwarded to the National Marine Fisheries Service agents in Kodiak, who will determine if a formal notice of violation will be issued.

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