Fine imposed in crab violation

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) A Hawaii man paid a $1,500 fine for alleged violations of fisheries laws in Alaska.

    Colin Kuamoo, pled no contest to one count of operating an over limit of commercial Dungeness crab gear.  He also forfeited $812 worth of illegally taken crab.

    A dispatch from Alaska State Wildlife Troopers said three men were cited June 17 for illegal crabbing activities on Gambier Bay at Admiralty Island.  Troopers seized 1,749 pounds of crab that is valued at $4,609.  The report went on to state that James Knight of Peterburg and Donald Peller, 54 of Petersburg, were also cited.  Knight had removed a total of 14 pot identification tags from four other commercial Dungeness fishing vessel pots and then disposed of them.  He then placed the stolen pot tags on pots of his own in an attempt to conceal that he was fishing an over limit of pots, Troopers added.

    Charges include interfering with commercial fishing gear, unlawful use of pot tages and fishing over the vessel limit of commercial Dungeness pots.  The cases against Mr. Knight and Mr. Peller are pending in Petersburg District Court.



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