Alaska Wildlife Troopers seize illegally caught salmon
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska Wildlife Troopers seized more than 16 tons (14.5 metric tons) of salmon they say that were caught illegally by a handful of vessels south of Homer.
Troopers seized 33,328 pounds (15,117 kilograms) of salmon delivered to a processor vessel. The violations occurred July 20.
Troopers say a wildlife trooper on the patrol vessel Augustine traveled to Dog Fish Bay and watched areas open and closed to commercial fishing.
Troopers say four commercial fishing seine vessels worked together to drive salmon out of a closed area to an open water area, where fish were illegally harvested.
Fishermen used vessels and hand plungers to drive the fish.
Troopers cited operators of four vessels for commercial fishing violations.
Troopers say a fifth vessel was used to illegally transport some of the fish.