Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Godfather skipper racks up 11 counts

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Multiple violations
On 3/2/12 Richard F. Nelson, 32, of Metlakatla, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, for commercial fishing for salmon by drift gillnet in District 1 without a state Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit, commercial fishing in closed waters, unlawful possession of commercial fish and prohibited conduct. Nelson was cited for a total of 11 commercial fishing counts stemming from an investigation by Alaska State Troopers and the National Marine Fisheries Service. Investigation revealed the F/V Godfather gillnetted commercially for salmon in state waters without state permits. Further investigation revealed the waters the F/V Godfather fished in District 1 were closed to all commercial salmon gillnet fishing. Arraignment is scheduled for 3/9/12 in Ketchikan District Court.

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