Vessel seized for illegal fishing had Alaska salmon in its hold

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A vessel seized in May for illegal fishing had Alaska salmon in its hold, federal officials said.

The National Marine Fisheries Service did genetic and parasite analyses of the ton-and-a-half salmon found aboard the vessel Arctic Wind, which is charged with high-seas driftnet fishing.

The testing determined that 21 percent of the 1,500 chum salmon seized were from Alaska drainages. It also found that three-quarters of the 200-plus red salmon were Alaskan in origin, as were 29 percent of the 55 king salmon.

The 177-foot Arctic Wind is owned by South Korean interests, is registered in Honduras and was crewed by Russian fishermen. It was caught by the Coast Guard after a lengthy chase south of the western Aleutians on May 9.

The Arctic Wind is expected to be forfeited to the federal government. If that happens, it will be sold at auction.

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