On 4-21-14, during a non-jury trial, Zachary M. Worrell, age 30 of Juneau, entered a change of plea to No Contest in regards to one count of operating a commercial gillnet within 500 yards of a salmon stream. The case was the result of a charge against Worrell after he was observed by state aircraft deploying his commercial gillnet from the F/V Minter Bay near the mouth of Bessie Creek in commercial fishing district 15 north of Juneau. State law forbids operating commercial fishing gear within 500 yards of any salmon stream. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game's anadromous stream catalog lists Bessie Creek as supporting chum salmon presence, pink salmon spawning and coho salmon rearing. Worrell was fined $500.
On April 12, 2014, Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Jesse Andrew Greer, 35 years of age, of Fair Oaks, CA, for commercial fishing for Pacific Cod without possessing a 2014 Alaska commercial fishing crewmember license. The fine is $260.
On 04/14/14, Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Yakutat contacted Shawn McManus (age 44 of Woodinville, WA) after receiving a report through the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that McManus caught and retained 1,320 lbs of Lingcod while long lining off the coast of Yakutat after Lingcod had been closed by emergency order for that area. McManus was issued a Mandatory Court Appearance for the Yakutat District Court on the charge of Retaining Lingcod During a Closed Season.
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.