Seized vessel charged with illegal fishing

Posted: Tuesday, September 12, 2000

KODIAK (AP) -- Civil charges of illegal fishing have been filed against a 170-foot Korean trawler seized last week by a Coast Guard cutter.

The vessel Kum Kang San is charged with two violations of the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act -- one for illegal fishing and the other for not having its gear properly stowed while transiting U.S. waters.

The fishing boat is accused of fishing illegally more than a quarter of a mile inside U.S. waters, according to the Coast Guard. It was detained Sept. 5 by the cutter Alex Haley after a brief chase into Russian waters. The vessel was escorted to Dutch Harbor.

The maximum penalty under the law is forfeiture of the vessel, gear and catch. In this case, however, the Coast Guard boarding party found no fish on board.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Anchorage said criminal charges against the Kum Kang San's captain are not being considered.

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