Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sitka seiners fined, forfeit $6,500 worth of salmon

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 7/18/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, observed the F/V Wendy Anne operating commercial seine gear near False Island. The area was not open to commercial purse seining. Permit holder Todd M. Nevers and owner-operator Todd L. Bayne, both of Sitka, were cited for commercial fishing in closed waters, and 13,536 pounds of salmon were seized. On 7/26/11 both Nevers and Bayne pled no contest to commercial seining during a closed period. Nevers was fined $6,000 with $3,000 suspended, and he was placed on probation for two years. Bayne was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended and placed on probation for one year. The illegally taken fish, valued at approximately $6,500, were forfeited to the state.


  1. I'm glad the fishermen fishing illegally are getting busted right and left this summer. You can't trust most fishermen, out of sight, out of mind seems to be the attitude they have. That attitude is very obvious in the CDQ management of the Western Alaska Coastal villages - they are swindling millions and millions of dollars of Public Monies from the Pollock Fishery with no State or Federal Oversight. 20 year review of the CDQ is mandated for 2012. The program needs strict oversight because a few greedy fishermen are at the helm of the CDQ ships.

  2. Is that you again Tim?