Saturday, January 14, 2023

Dungeness crabber cited at Petersburg

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Petersburg
Type: Unlawful holding of crab
On 1/6/23 Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigated a report of Dungeness crab being held unlawfully aboard a commercial fishing vessel. Investigation revealed Maclane McGrath, 22, of Petersburg, was in possession of commercially caught Dungeness crab after the close of the fishing district. AWT issued McGrath a citation for 5AAC32.031(d)(3) Commercial Fishing Dungeness Crab Landing Requirements with a mandatory appearance in Petersburg District Court.

Monday, January 9, 2023

Wrangell fisherman cited

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Wrangell
Type: Multiple violations
On 1/8/23 Richard Scott Phillips, 37, of Wrangell, was issued a summons for two counts of commercial fishing while unregistered and two counts of failure to submit fish tickets within seven days.

A new director for the Alaska Wildlife Troopers

Here's the press release.

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Costly conviction for Juneau fisherman

Robert M. Thorstenson, 59, of Juneau, recently was found guilty at nonjury trial of a commercial fishing violation and sentenced to forfeiture of $24,993 for illegally caught salmon, according to court documents.

The original citation said that on Aug. 25, 2019, at Crawfish Inlet, Thorstenson as permit holder on the F/V Magnus Martens fished with seine gear less than 200 yards from a stream mouth in closed waters.

Authorities seized 83,282 pounds of salmon.

Thorstenson originally was charged with a misdemeanor, but the charge was amended as a noncriminal first offense.

Here's the judgment in the case.