Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Bristol Bay fisherman cited

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Egegik
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 6/24/22 Trey A. Johnson, 37, of Seward, was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing in closed waters.

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Wrangell seiner charged with multiple offenses

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Wrangell
Type: Commercial fishing violations
On 6/23/22 Mark Stevens, of Wrangell, was issued a summons for three counts of commercial seine fishing in closed waters and one count of falsifying fish tickets.

Friday, June 17, 2022

Ketchikan man charged with assault on vessel

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Assault investigation
On June 15 at approximately 11:59 p.m., the Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault on the fishing vessel Silver Surfer. The caller did not know the vessel's exact location, but troopers were able to identify a probable location. On June 16, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers vessel P/V Loyalty based out of Ketchikan responded to the probable location and located the F/V Silver Surfer in the waters near Meyers Chuck. Troopers determined that 45-year-old Ketchikan resident David Vest had assaulted another individual on the boat multiple times. He was escorted back to Ketchikan and arrested without incident on assault charges.

Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Fishy activity reported along Russian boundary

The U.S. Coast Guard included the following in its enforcement report to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, which is meeting this week in Sitka.

U.S./Russian Maritime Boundary Line (MBL) Enforcement

Foreign F/V activity along the MBL increased dramatically in May. In April, there was less than one vessel per day along the MBL, increasing to an average of 15 vessels per day at the end of May. There have been numerous detections of Russian longline fishing vessels briefly crossing into the U.S. EEZ, but no clear evidence that they were fishing in U.S. waters. There is strong evidence that one Russian trawl vessel repeatedly entered the U.S. EEZ. As a result, the Coast Guard increased surface and air presence along the MBL to deter future incursions. Additionally, the Coast Guard communicated these incursions to the Russian Border Guard for further action.