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Dipnetters getting dinged for violations

Posted: Wednesday, July 27, 2005

The annual surge of people heading to the mouth of the Kenai River for the personal-use dipnet fishery also brings a surge in the number of folks being hooked for violating fishing regulations.

Among the more common violations is failure to log the number of salmon caught, which people must do on their personal-use permit.

Bureau of Wildlife Enforcement Troopers cited 10 dipnetters for the alleged violation in the past 10 days. Bail was set at $110 each.

Cited were Phoumy Mixayphon, 50, of Anchorage; Steven Dougherty, 43, of Anchorage; Kristofer M. Gills, 36, of Anchorage; Lawrence Mayac, 40, of Anchorage; Lawrence Sherman, 56, of Palmer; Myung Lee, 47, of Anchorage; David Putnam, 49, of Wasilla; Mark Stafford, 51, of Anchorage; Kara Erlwein, 30, of Anchorage; Gary Davis, 54, of Soldotna; and Brian Davis, 36, of Anchorage.

Another common violation among dipnetters is failing to mark personal-use caught fish by cutting off the tips of their tail. Bail for the offense is $85.

Cited since July 14 were John C. Glascow, 53, of Sterling; Stephanie McDowell, 41, of Soldotna; Kiril I. Polushkin, 37, of Homer; and Dougherty.

Troopers issued summonses to George M. Goldy, 27, of Chugiak, for personal-use fishing in closed waters; Aleksandr Balaban, 45, of Anchorage, for dipnetting during a closed period; Ted Elento, 42, of Anchorage, for dipnetting without a permit; and a 15-year-old male, of Anchorage, for dipnetting as a nonresident.

Summonses were issued to Woo Young, 72, of Anchorage, and a 15-year-old male from Anchorage for dipnetting during a closed period; and Young for dipnetting without a personal-use permit.

Those to whom summonses were issued will need to appear in Kenai District Court for arraignment on the charges.



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