Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Troopers: Shrimp catcher-processor lacked permit

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Prince of Wales Island
Type: Reporting requirement and permit violations
On 10/24/19 Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Prince of Wales Island were notified by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game of an issue with several overdue commercial shrimp tickets from the F/V Angie Lee. Investigation into the matter revealed that the captain of the Angie Lee was Travis Hagen, 29, of Craig. Hagen had been processing his catch by boxing and freezing his shrimp without the required catcher-processor permit. Hagen also had not been completing shrimp tickets as required by regulation. Hagen was issued two citations for the violations.

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Two charged in Egegik processing plant burglary

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Egegik
Type: Burglary
On 10/15/19 Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary at a fish-processing plant located in the village of Egegik. Trooper responded. Investigation revealed George Chernikoff, 42, and Timothy Olsen, 21, both of Egegik, burgled a bunkhouse and net locker storage facility. Chernikoff and Olsen caused approximately $1,100 in damage and stole items valued at approximately $200. Chernikoff and Olsen were subsequently arrested, transported and remanded into the King Salmon jail, without incident, on charges of burglary, criminal mischief, theft and criminal trespass.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Fisherman charged at Cordova with illegal catches

Alaska authorities have charged Keith D. Edens, 29, with two counts of illegally fishing within 500 yards of a freshwater salmon stream.

The case is pending in the District Court at Cordova.

On Aug. 26, Alaska State Troopers received a report that the F/V Lady Kay, later determined to be skipped by Edens, was commercial fishing in closed waters in Bainbridge Passage, court papers say.

Two witnesses observed the Lady Kay making sets, and one of the witnesses — a fish spotter — took photos and video, the papers say.

Troopers noted Edens filled out two fish tickets on Aug. 26, dropping off 101,454 and 61,394 pounds of salmon and receiving $48,854.40 for the fish, the court papers say.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Trident accused of multiple infractions

The Alaska State Troopers have charged Trident Seafoods Corp. with multiple counts of "unlawful possession of fish."

The charges stem from inspection of Trident tenders offloading seine-caught salmon in Ketchikan, troopers press releases say.

Trident was cited for three counts of unlawful possession of fish after an inspection on Aug. 13.

"Investigation revealed Trident Seafoods had retained 40 king salmon and one steelhead that were not reported on any commercial fish tickets as required," troopers said.

Trident was cited for another count of unlawful possession of fish after an inspection two days later.

"Investigation revealed Trident Seafoods had retained eight king salmon and two steelhead that were not reported on commercial fish tickets as required," troopers said.

A number of tendermen also were charged.

Friday, September 6, 2019

Salmon seine vessel too long, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Overlength salmon seine vessel
On 8/26/19 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, contacted Noe Winrod, 27, of Craig, and measured his commercial salmon seine vessel, F/V Serenity, for salmon seine vessel length requirements. Investigation revealed the vessel is longer than 58 feet in overall length, excluding anchor rollers. Winrod was cited for overlength salmon seine vessel.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Seiner cited, 83,282 pounds of salmon seized

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Crawfish Inlet
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 8/25/19 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, were patrolling the commercial salmon seine opening at Crawfish Inlet. The F/V Magnus Martens was observed operating gear less than 200 yards from an anadromous stream. Permit holder Robert Thorstenson, 55, of Juneau, was cited for commercial fishing in closed waters, and 83,282 pounds of salmon were seized.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Sitka direct marketer nets $13,000 fine

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Conviction
On 4/9/19 Justin Eberhard, 45, of Sitka, entered guilty pleas to charges including failure to complete fish tickets as part of an agreement through the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. Eberhard was fined a total of $30,000 with $17,000 suspended and placed on probation for one year. Eberhard is required to pay unpaid fish taxes from 2017 and 2018 as a condition of probation. The charges stem from an investigation into the unreported export of commercial troll-caught salmon from the F/V Surf Bay during 2017 and 2018. Investigation revealed Eberhard had sold multiple shipments of fish out of the state of Alaska while acting as an unlicensed direct marketer. The fish caught and exported were never documented on a commercial fish ticket as required. The value of the unreported catch for 2017 and 2018 was in excess of $45,000 and represented large numbers of unreported king salmon. Investigation showed the fish were otherwise legally taken during open commercial seasons and with appropriate commercial permits.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Kodiak crabber fined $25,000, pots forfeited

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kodiak
Type: Commercial crab closed season
On 11/2/17 during a patrol on the P/V Cama'i, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers pulled and inspected 156 commercial Dungeness crab pots belonging to the F/V Silver Fox, operated by Raleigh Eager, 47, of Kodiak. All 156 pots were baited and in fishing configuration after the season had closed on Oct. 31, 2017. The pots were seized and transported back to Kodiak. On 1/15/19 Eager pled guilty on multiple counts of commercial Dungeness crab fishing during a closed season. Eager was fined $25,000 and the 156 pots were forfeited to the state of Alaska.