A Kotzebue fisherman faces a charge of wasting fish after the Alaska State Troopers say he left salmon caught in a gill net to rot.
Troopers say 66-year-old Roswell Schaeffer Sr. left behind about 100 salmon. A summons was issued for Schaeffer last week.
Troopers said they were led to the net by an anonymous complaint but did not say where the found it. KNOM reports that Schaeffer was fined earlier this summer for employing an unlicensed crew member.
The current case did not immediately appear on the state's court records website. Efforts to reach Schaeffer were not successful.
While the fish had started to rot, the Troopers said they were donated to a local dog musher who used them to feed his team.