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Three men arrested on illegal fishing charges

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2002

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Metlakatla men are under arrest for illegally harvesting fish, including 10 halibut, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

Fish and Wildlife Protection Troopers from Ketchikan on Sunday arrested John A. Scudero Jr., 45; Michael D. Bethel, 29; and Jonathan L. Capersen, 18.

The men were charged with fishing in closed waters and commercial fishing without a commercial fishing entry commission permit.

Troopers said the men were commercial long-lining from Bethel's boat Ramming Speed in Carroll Inlet northeast of Annette Island.

The vessel was about two miles past the boundary line for the Annette Island Indian Reservation, troopers said.

Beside the halibut, the men had four rockfish and two black cod caught by commercial fishing gear. Troopers said more than 50 long line hooks were deployed.

The men were booked into the Ketchikan Correctional Center and their fishing gear was seized, troopers said.

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