First responders went overboard – literally – to help make the case against a man accused of illegally wasting king salmon in Southeast Alaska.

According to an online dispatch from Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Sitka, 63-year-old Gene E. Gilden of Anacortes, Wash. was cited for the waste charge, as well as retaining king salmon during a closed fishing period.

The investigation stemmed from an offloading of troll-caught coho salmon from the fishing vessel Katie J, during which troopers discovered two kings had been kept on board the vessel. Gilden was the vessel's permit holder.

“One king salmon was seized immediately,” troopers wrote. “Investigation revealed the other fish was thrown overboard by [Gilden]. Sitka Fire Department Dive Team responded to assist and recovered the discarded salmon.”

Kings have been the subject of various fishing closures and restrictions across Alaska this summer, amid poor runs in many fisheries.

Troopers thanked the Sitka Fire Department for its assistance.

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