Fisherman pays fine for IFQ violation

Posted: Sunday, December 22, 2002

JUNEAU (AP) -- Violations of federal fishing rules have resulted in a $22,000 fine for a Kodiak fisherman.

James Hayden unloaded fish from his boat without reporting it against his allocation under the system of Individual Fishing Quotas, according to federal authorities. He also unloaded the fish outside legal hours.

Hayden and the company that owns the fishing boat, the Clyde, paid the fine earlier this month.

Hayden unloaded 527 pound of halibut filets and 189 pounds of sablefish filets on Sept. 6. Federal regulators said the landings put the Clyde over the maximum halibut catch for the season.

The fine adds up to more than $30 for each pound of illegal fish.

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