Thursday, December 15, 2011

Southeast fisherman convicted, nets $3,100 fine

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Update — multiple violations
On 12/2/11 David Schwehm, 22, of Metlakatla, pled guilty to commercial fishing in state waters without a permit and commercial fishing in closed waters. Schwehm was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, on 9/28/11 for commercial fishing without a state permit, unlawful possession of commercial fish, commercial fishing in closed waters, prohibited conduct and failure to register a power vessel. Schwehm was cited after investigation by troopers and the National Marine Fisheries Service revealed the F/V Winter Hawk was commercial gillnetting in state waters without state permits. Schwehm was fined $6,100 with $3,000 suspended and placed on one year probation.


  1. Wow, what a slap on the wrist. Who's his daddy? When's the state gonna get some balls and put the hammer down on these types of violations?

  2. It is about time I run by Pt Davidson and the Met gillnetters are well outside the 3000 ft line, yet when I am winter trolling they remind me that I am in the exclusive waters of Annette Island.