Crab boat charged with overfishing using sunken vessel’s pots

Crab boat charged with overfishing using sunken vessel’s pots
Seattle Post Intelligencer – Seattle,WA,USA

Crab boat charged with overfishing using sunken vessel’s pots

By DAN JOLING
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A Seattle skipper and his crew have been charged with illegally fishing for crab with pots that belonged to the Big Valley, a crab boat that sank the day the fishery was to begin.

The Sea Warrior carried about 15 crab pots to the Bering Sea on behalf of the Big Valley, and after the latter vessel sank, illegally fished for opilio crab with them, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Sgt. Greg Garcia, post supervisor in Unalaska in the Aleutian Islands, said the Sea Warrior is suspected of fishing illegally about 300 miles northwest of the community.

Each crew member of the Sea Warrior was charged with use of excessive gear, unlawful possession of crab, unlawful sale of crab, violation of gear-marking requirements and use of untagged pots. All the charges are misdemeanors.

The Big Valley, a 92-foot vessel out of Kodiak, sank Jan. 15 in heavy seas about 70 miles west of St. Paul Island, one of the Pribilof Islands about 275 miles northwest of Unalaska

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