JUNEAU (AP) -- The high seas drift netter Arctic Wind was sold at auction for $226,500, according to the National Marine Fisheries Service.
Price/Waterhouse/Pacific Island Resources bought the vessel last week. The drift netter was seized by the Coast Guard in early May after it was spotted with approximately four miles of nets in the water.
When seized 600 miles south of Adak, the Arctic Wind had several hundred salmon, as well as puffins, sharks, albatross and a porpoise in its nets. The hold contained more than 2 tons of salmon, including a ton that had been boxed for sale. An analysis of the salmon showed that a significant portion of the salmon was originally from Alaska.
High-seas driftnetting of salmon is illegal under international treaty because the fish are considered to belong to the country in the waters where they return to spawn. The United Nations in 1992 imposed a general moratorium on drift nets.
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