by Mark Thiessen
The Associated Press
2:02 PM AKDT, August 2, 2011
A former fisheries aide to U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski has accepted a plea agreement after violating commercial fishing laws.
Arne Fuglvog signed the plea agreement in April, but it was only made public in federal court on Monday. He resigned from Murkowski's staff on Sunday, as first reported by the Alaska Dispatch.
According to the plea agreement, he had a permit to catch about 30,000 pounds of sablefish from the western Yakutat area of southeast Alaska. But official say he actually caught 63,000 pounds of fish in 2005, and then falsified records. The extra fish netted him about $100,000.
If a judge accepts the agreement next week, Fuglvog will serve 10 months in prison, be fined $50,000 and donate $100,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.