NMFS settles with man who killed harbor seal

Posted: Wednesday, February 21, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- The National Marine Fisheries Service said Wednesday it has reached a settlement with a Juneau man charged with shoting a harbor seal two years ago.

Gunner Noreen, a gillnet fisherman, shot and killed a harbor seal at Taku Inlet on July 15, 1999.

NMFS officials said that, under the agreement, Noreen admitted to the shooting, agreed to pay a $5,000 penalty and forfeit the rifle used in the incident. A portion of the $5,000 penalty will be suspended for five years, provided Noreen has no further violations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the agency said.

Officials with the fisheries service said the violation was reported by a crew member on Noreen's boat. The agency is seeking a reward for that crew member.

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