Wednesday, July 2, 2014

California trollers accused of early king fishing

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Whale Bay, Sitka
Type: Commercial fish closed season
On 6/30/14 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, contacted the F/V Chief Joseph at anchor in Still Harbor on the west coast of Baranof Island, prior to the commercial king salmon troll opening in Southeast Alaska. Troopers observed signs of fishing on deck. Investigation revealed that owner and permit holder Jeffrey D. Angelo, 49, of Samoa, Calif., and crewman Alec J. Hurst, 29, of Fort Bragg, Calif., had knowingly engaged in commercial trolling on 6/29/14, more than 24 hours prior to the July 1 season opening, and retained 12 king salmon. The men were required to return to Sitka and deliver the kings to a processor before being allowed to fish in the opening. The proceeds from the fish will be seized by the state. Angelo and Hurst were cited for commercial fishing during a closed period and unlawful possession of commercial fish. Arraignment set for 7/29/14 in Sitka District Court. Angelo also was cited for failing to display commercial numbers as required on the F/V Chief Joseph.

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