Commercial Fishing Boat Slapped with Halibut Violation

The 48-foot Commercial fishing vessel Currency received a violation from the U.S. Coast Guard Thursday after members of the 110-foot Island Class patrol boat USCG Cutter Chandeleur found eight halibut were allegedly caught illegally near Kodiak Island in Alaska.

Crew members seized the fish and gave them to a member of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the area. “The violation reflected a seasonal closure for halibut,” according to the agency.

“Maritime law enforcement of Alaska’s fisheries protects both our nation’s living marine resources and the livelihoods of those who depend on them,” said Lt. Tim Cassel, commanding officer of Chandeleur. “We’re out here to protect the lives of fishermen and other mariners, to help ensure commercial fishermen all adhere to the same standards, and to safeguard the longevity of our marine resources.”

By Pacific Maritime