Sunday, July 24, 2011

Crew accused of fishing illegally, hiding boat ID

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Naknek
Type: Commercial fish closed waters, hindering prosecution
On 7/17/11 at about 1536 hours, King Salmon Wildlife Troopers on aircraft patrol of the commercial fishery in the Naknek section observed a drift gillnet vessel fishing in closed waters. As troopers attempted to document its identity, two crewmen moved to the sides of the vessel and intentionally pulled up and positioned several bumper buoys to obstruct the vessel's Alaska Department of Fish and Game numbers from view. After some time, the boat was identified as the F/V Richie A. Troopers aboard the P/V Woldstad made contact with the vessel but were unable to board due to rough seas and ordered it to shore. At 1834 hours the F/V Richie A was contacted in Naknek and the skipper identified as Richard R. Aiello, 42, of Monterey, Calif. The crewmen who obstructed the investigation were identified as Manual L. Amorin, 39, also of Monterey, and Aiello's 16-year-old son. Aiello was issued mandatory court citations for commercial fishing in closed waters, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and commercial fishing with obscured ADF&G numbers. Amorin was cited into court on one count of hindering prosecution. The juvenile was not charged. Arraignment on all charges set for 7/21/11 in Naknek District Court.

Location: Egegik
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/19/11 James A. Parker, 56, of Everett, Wash., was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing in closed waters outside the Egegik District. Arraignment scheduled for 7/22/11 in Naknek District Court.

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