Alaska Wildlife Troopers seize more than 16 tons of illegally caught salmon

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Wildlife Troopers seized more than 16 tons of salmon they say were caught illegally by a handful of vessels south of Homer.

Troopers seized 33,328 pounds of salmon delivered to a processor vessel. The violations occurred July 20.

Troopers say a wildlife trooper on the patrol vessel Augustine traveled to Dog Fish Bay and watched areas open and closed to commercial fishing.

Troopers say four commercial fishing seine vessels — F/V Little Star, F/V Relentless, F/V North Star and F/V Star Wind — worked together to drive salmon out of a closed area to an open water area, where fish were illegally harvested.

Troopers say a fifth vessel — F/V Maranatha — was used to illegally transport some of the fish.

Fishermen used vessels and hand plungers to drive the fish.

Troopers cited operators of four vessels — Eric Winslow, 61, Paul Roth, 35, and Mark Roth, 64, all of Homer, and Robert Roth, 39, of Anchor Point — for commercial fishing violations.

The fish ticket was seized by Wildlife Troopers.

Editor's Note: Troopers originally named two of the vessels involved as the Northstar and the Windstar. The vessels involved are the North Star and the Star Wind.

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