23-thousand pounds of chum salmon taken in alleged illegal fishing case

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - A commercial fisherman from the Prince of Wales Island community of Klawock is accused of taking about 23,000 pounds of chum salmon in a closed area.

    Alaska Wildlife Troopers say in a dispatch that 31 year old Curtis J. Demmert was charged on Monday with one count each of commercial fishing in a closed period, commercial fishing in a closed area, filing false information on an Alaska Fish and Game Department fish ticket, and unlawful possession of fish.

    Wildlife Troopers started an investigation after  receiving  a complaint of the illegal fishing near the headwaters of a bay on Dall Island.

    The investigation determined that the crew of the fishing vessel Tlingit Lady caught the fish that were later sold to a fish buyer. The dispatch says the proceeds of the sale have been confiscated  by Wildlife Troopers for possible forfeiture.

    The Prince of Wales District Court issued multiple search warrants related to the investigation including a seizure warrant for the vessel.  The Tlingit Lady, as well as its seine net, seine skiff, and all fishing gear were seized.

    Demmert has a mandatory appearance in the Prince of Wales District Court.


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