Troopers seize large harvest of crab caught in closed waters
Alaska Wildlife Troopers arrested Jay Thomassen, of Seward, on Saturday, March 17, for multiple alleged violations pertaining to the Commercial Golden King Crab fishery in Registration Area A.
According to Trooper Cody Litster, Thomassen was charged with commercial fishing in closed waters, having undersized king crab, possession of illegal crab, and providing false statements on a logbook.
The catch, estimated to be worth $88,622 was seized by troopers. An arraignment is scheduled for April 18, in District Court in Petersburg.
“This is the largest arrest of its kind that I've seen since doing this,” Litster said.
In unrelated cases, Dennis O'Neil, appeared before Magistrate Desi Burrell in court on Wednesday. He pleaded not guilty to charges of having under-sized king crab. A strict liability trial will be scheduled.
Wayne Easterly pleaded no contest on charges of having under-sized commercial tanner crab. The court ordered a $2,000 fine, with $1,000 suspended and a $10 surcharge.
Marc Martinsen also pleaded no contest to having under-sized commercial tanner crab. The court ordered a $3,000 fine, with $1,500 suspended.