Troopers nab alleged fish poachers on Kenai

Posted: Wednesday, July 23, 2003

KENAI (AP) A group of alleged poachers, mostly from New York, were nabbed on the Kenai River for taking too many salmon, according to Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers in Soldotna.

Man Yim Wu, 31, of Gilmhurst, N.Y.; Thye Thye Ng, 43, of Fairfax, Va.; Sam W. Gee, 53, of Bellose, N.Y.; and Xia Jiang, 41, of Albertson, N.Y., were cited last week for fishing without a sport fishing license.

Bail was set at $210 each. Jiang also was cited for having 60 salmon over her limit of three. Her bail was set at $1,310.

Trooper Sgt. Glenn G. Godfrey said the group was fishing together and troopers were unable to determine who actually caught all the fish, but they reportedly were in Jiang's possession.

A few days later, troopers received another anonymous tip saying the group was at it again.

A stakeout was conducted by troopers, Alaska State Parks and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and on Saturday, a search warrant was served on nine people, including Ng, Gee and Jiang.

Cited for illegal possession of sport-caught fish were Wai Ming So, 42, of Bayside, N.Y.; Van Thien Phan, 65, of Woodside, N.Y.; and Keung Kwong Mok, 52, of Searington, N.Y.

Hok Yu Chan, 48, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was cited for over limit of sport-caught fish, and Jiang was arrested for illegal possession of sport-caught fish. Jiang was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where bail was set at $5,000.

Troopers seized about 600 pounds of fish.

Approximately 265 salmon already had been processed into nine 50-pound boxes of frozen fish, two boxes of lox and some fresh filets.

''Currently the fish is being held as evidence, but eventually it will be given to charity,'' Godfrey said.

Arraignment has been set for Aug. 7 in Kenai District Court for Jiang and Aug. 14 for the others.



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