On 7/20/14 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, cited David A. Coleman, age 56 of Sitka for failing to display ADF&G Numbers on commercial Dungeness crab gear. Commercial crab gear inspections in Hoonah Sound, revealed Coleman did not have ADF&G numbers displayed on a high percentage of his Dungeness crab gear. Arraignment is set in Sitka District Court.
On 7-22-14, Shahyar Valandro, age 33 of Juneau was found guilty by a Juneau jury on one count each of commercial Dungeness crab fishery during a closed season and for failing to register for the 2013 summer commercial Dungeness season. The charges arose after Valandro was observed setting his commercial crab gear in Stephens Passage south of Juneau, 4 hours before the official opening of the season on June 15, 2013. During the contact, it was also discovered that Valandro had failed to register for the fishery, was employing an unlicensed crewman and was not properly displaying his commercial vessel identification plate. The jury was given the option of convicting Valandro of two commercial fishing misdemeanors, but felt that he had shown no negligence and only convicted him on violations. Valandro, who operates the F/V GISLI, was fined $500 for each violation.
May 8, 2014, Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to David Bruce Long, 61 years of age, of Wasilla, AK, for employing an unlicensed crewmember onboard the fishing vessel Northern Glacier while he was the master of the vessel. The fine is $260.
On May 8, 2014, Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Gilbert Lee McDonald III, 56 years of age, of High Springs, FL, for commercial fishing without a 2014 Alaska commercial fishing license in his possession. The fine is $260.
From KMXT in Kodiak, it's the Alaska Fisheries Report!
March 27: Coming up this week, one fisherman remembers that beautiful Friday evening 50 years ago when life in coastal Southcentral Alaska was turned upside down; others remember that chilly morning 25 years ago when life in coastal Southcentral Alaska was turned upside down again. And is it possible to restore one of the biggest salmon runs in history after so many years? All that and more, coming up on the Alaska Fisheries Report. We had help from APRN’s Liz Ruskin in Washington, D.C., KCAW’s Emily Forman in Sitka, and Northwest News Network’s Tom Banse in Tacoma.
March 20: Coming up this week, the fleet is on two-hour notice for Sitka herring, the halibut quota for CDQ fisheries are down this year, an explosion aboard a factory trawler takes the life of one crewman, and going for geoduck. We had help from KYUK’s Ben Matheson in Bethel, KUCB’s Lauren Rosenthal in Unalaska, KDLG’s Mike Mason in Dillingham, KRBD’s Leila Kheiry in Ketchikan and KFSK’s Joe Viechnicki in Petersburg.
March 13: Coming up this week, the halibut season is underway now, and we get a little refresher on the regulation changes for 2014; the herring GHL in Sitka has been reduced, and what’s a fishing town supposed to do when it’s told to diversify its economy? We had help from KCAW’s Rachel Waldholz in Sitka, and KFSK’s Angela Denning in Petersburg.