Sunday, August 23, 2015

Crabber fined $3K, must pay $4K in restitution

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Conviction
On 8/21/15 Michael Walker, 55, of Juneau, appeared for arraignment in Juneau District Court, where he pled guilty to the offense of retaining undersized Dungeness crab. He was fined $6,000 with $3,000 suspended and placed on probation for two years. Additionally, Walker must pay restitution in the amount of $4,110 for the retention of the undersized crab. The case stemmed from an inspection Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted on 8/14/15 on the F/V Dundas. Walker, the captain and permit holder on the vessel, was found to be in possession of 411 undersized Dungeness crab, or approximately 26 percent of his catch.


  1. Couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Karma bud, always comes back to bite ya.

  2. Wow....26 percent of your catch. There is oversight, and there is greed and disregard for the people you fish around. And for how many offloads had you done this prior to being caught? How many undersize crab did you remove from the resource this season? I could have harvested a portion of those crab next season (when they would have been of LEGAL size), but your greed has prevented me from doing this, thus cost me money. You need to go back to wherever it was that you came from.