Coast Guard seizes Korean trawler

Posted: Monday, November 12, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A Korean trawler was heading for Dutch Harbor Monday after authorities seized it for illegal fishing in U.S. waters.

The Coast Guard said it first spotted the fishing boat Saturday afternoon about 360 miles northwest of Saint Paul Island.

Officers from the Coast Guard cutter Sherman boarded the 225-foot trawler Number Seven Man Jeok on Sunday. The Coast Guard is directing the Man Jeok and its 61 crew members to Dutch Harbor, where it is expected to arrive Wednesday.

Coast Guard officials said they believe the vessel had 1,300 tons of pollock aboard. Evidence in the case will be turned over to federal prosecutors in Anchorage.

The Coast Guard said the trawler's master and crew are cooperating with authorities.

The Coast Guard routinely patrols the U.S.-Russian marine border in the Bering Sea to look for foreign vessels fishing in American waters.

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