Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sitka crabber fined $3,000 in sad Dungeness story

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Update — operate Dungeness gear from tender
On 11/15/11 David A. Coleman, 54, of Sitka, pled no contest in Sitka District Court to one count of operating commercial Dungeness gear from a registered tender. Coleman was fined $6,000 with $3,000 suspended and placed on probation for two years. The charge stems from Coleman being observed by troopers operating gear with a vessel registered as a tender for Dungeness crab in Hoonah Sound on 7/16/11. The tender used in the violation was later inadvertently sunk while being operated with a load Dungeness pot gear aboard. Commercial Dungeness crab regulations prohibit the operation of Dungeness gear or possession of Dungeness gear on a tender registered in the Dungeness fishery.

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