Rev. Moon charged with overfishing in Kodiak

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2000

KODIAK (AP) -- The Rev. Sun Myung Moon, head of the Unification Church, and his wife have been charged with catching too many fish while on a visit to Alaska.

Moon, 80, of Irvington, N.Y., is scheduled for arraignment in Kodiak on Sept. 15, on charges of taking more than the legal limit of coho salmon from Marka Bay on Afognak Island.

Moon was cited Aug. 25 by officers from the Alaska Division of Fish and Wildlife Protection, who said they were acting on a tip while patrolling the area, about 225 miles southwest of Anchorage.

Also cited on the same charge was Moon's wife Hak Ja Han, 47, also of Irvington.

Trooper Sgt. Joanna Roop said the fish were confiscated and donated to a Russian Orthodox school in Kodiak.

Moon and Han were fishing from the shore, along with about a dozen others, according to the officers who issued the citation.

The officers watched Moon take 10 coho salmon, twice the legal limit for that remote area, said Roop. Han took six cohos, one above the limit, the trooper said.

Unification Church officials in Tarrytown, N.Y., could not be reached by phone Wednesday.

A spokesman for the church's Kodiak congregation said Moon was still in Kodiak, but that he was not available to comment on the fishing charges.

The Unification Church is the largest taxpayer and the largest private employer in Kodiak, one of the nation's busiest fishing ports. It owns, among other assets, a fleet of fishing boats and a fish-processing plant on the island.

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