The 52-foot fishing vessel Nine goes on the auction block June 13. Not because it couldn't catch halibut. But, rather, because of where the halibut were caught and what was done with them once on board.
During 1998 and 1999, Lloyd Collins, of Kenai, failed to report halibut he had on fish tickets, processed halibut on board and obtained halibut outside the fishing season, according to Gary Gailbreath, deputy special agent-in-charge of the Alaska Enforcement Division, National Marine Fisheries Service.
"The combined value of the illegally taken halibut is $20,000 to $35,000," Gailbreath said. "That's the halibut we knew about."
Collins was sentenced March 24 to six months in federal prison and six months home detention. He also was fined $3,000 and forced to surrender all of his current halibut individual fisheries quota.
"In a separate action, the vessel was also seized," Gailbreath said.
The public auction will begin at 1 p.m. in Room 153 of the United States District Courthouse, 222 West Seventh Avenue, Anchorage, with the vessel going to the highest and best bidder.
For now, the F/V Nine is high and dry at the Cook Inlet Processing Yard in Kenai. Anyone interested in boarding, inspecting, examining or surveying the vessel on June 12, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., can do so by calling Gailbreath at 907-271-3026 or e-mailing him at gary.gailbreath@
noaa.gov. Photos of the vessel and a condition and valuation survey report prepared by Rising Winds Marine Surveying and Consulting is available on the Internet at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/.
A news release from National Marine Fisheries Service said there is no minimum starting bid for the F/V Nine. Bids may be made in increments of $500 or more. The successful bidder must pay at least 10 per cent of the amount of the bid upon acceptance of the bid and pay the balance within 10 days. If the successful bidder fails to comply, the deposit may be forfeited and applied to the costs of the action.
Written and sealed bids accompanied by payment of not less than 10 per cent of the bid amount also will be accepted if the bid is received no later than 4:00 p.m. on June 12, the day prior to the auction. Written bids can be sent to the United States Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Office of General Counsel, P.O. Box 21109, Juneau, AK 99802-1109, Attention F/V Nine.
Information concerning the vessel's eligibility for U.S. Certificate of Documentation or a fishery endorsement can be obtained from the National Vessel Documentation Center at 800-799-8362.
Questions concerning the vessel's eligibility to participate in Alaska fisheries should be directed to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, at either 907-262-9863 or 907-235-8191, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, at 907-271-5006.
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