On 08/11/2014 at about 1400 hours, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers (AWT) out of Bethel contacted Henry Lupie, age 65 of Tuntutuliak while he was commercial fishing on the Kuskokwim River near Tuntutuliak. Investigation revealed that Henry did not have his CFEC permit number permanently displayed on both sides of his vessel in symbols no less than 12 inches high and one inch wide. Henry was issued a citation for failing to display his 12 inch numbers. Bail for the offense is set at $210 in the Bethel District
On 08/22/2014 at about 1000 hours, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers (AWT) contacted Kevin McIntyre, age 23 of Bethel while he was commercial fishing in Goodnews Bay. Investigation revealed that Kevin did not have any PFDs on board his vessel he was operating with two people on board. Kevin was issued a citation for not having enough PFDs for everyone on board his vessel and instructed to return to shore to get PFDs. Bail for the offense is set at $160 in the Bethel District Court.
On 08-22-2014 at approximately 2300 hours, Dillingham AST received a call from Lloyd T. O'Connor of Dillingham in regards to an individual identified as Galacia Hiratsuka 43, of Dillingham who had jumped out of his boat. Hiratsuka attempted to swim to shore and did not resurface. A local search party was constructed, but was not able to find Hiratsuka due to darkness and outgoing tide. Hiratsuka was not wearing a PFD. Hiratsuka's body was recovered near the Ekuk Dock the next morning. Hiratsuka's body was transported to the Dillingham hospital and then on to the State Medical Examiner's office. Alcohol was a factor, and no foul play is suspected at this time.
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.