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Boat operator fined for getting close to whales


JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) _ The owner and operator of an Alaska charter vessel was considering whether to appeal after being fined for getting too close to whales.

Administrative law judge Susan Biro last week fined Geoffrey Wilson and Alaska Yacht Charters $5,000 in connection with the July 2010 incident on the western side of Admiralty Island in southeast Alaska.

Wilson, in an interview Thursday, said he has been out to sea and unable to download the decision. He said he respects what the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is trying to do to protect whales but said the agency relie...

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