Thursday, February 16, 2012

Juneau court strips crabber of fishing privileges

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Conviction — commercial fish without permit
On 2/2/12 James R. Jensen, 58, of Juneau, pled guilty in Juneau District Court to one count of operating commercial Dungeness crab gear without a valid Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit. Jensen was sentenced to the loss of his commercial fishing privileges for two years. As part of the plea agreement with the state, additional charges of unlawful possession of shellfish, unsworn falsification and forgery were dismissed. Jensen also was ordered to serve 180 days in jail with all 180 days suspended, and placed on probation for five years. The case was the result of an investigation conducted by wildlife troopers in Juneau and Petersburg.


  1. i've never understood why losing fishing privileges are considered an effective deterrent/penalty for fishing without licences(privileges). It's like punishing a kid for stealing candy by telling him he's not allowed to steal candy!
    So this Jensen guy got absolutely no penalty for stealing our crab. wtf

  2. Great job troopers.

  3. I've never understood how a judge can sentence someone to jail for 180 days and then suspend the sentence all in the same breath. so scaring the guy for a few seconds is the punishment?