Sunday, June 23, 2013

Dungeness crabber in pinch over early start

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau, Young Bay and Point Hilda
Type: Commercial fish closed season
On 6/15/13, during a patrol utilizing state aircraft, the F/V Gisli was observed operating commercial Dungeness crab gear prior to the official opening of the season. A patrol skiff was directed to the area and made contact with the vessel. The skipper, Shayar P. Valandro, 32, eventually was cited for operating commercial crab gear during a closed season, failing to register for the 2013 summer season and employing an unlicensed crewman. Marian P. Zemko, 57, was cited for fishing without a valid 2013 crewmember license. The skipper was instructed to retrieve and dump all of his gear and then have a hold inspection prior to returning to fishing.

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