Petersburg man pleads guilty to illegal fishing practices


Andy Kittams, 43, plead guilty in October to driving salmon from closed waters while commercial seining.

According to Alaska State Troopers, Kittams was seining at the Hidden Falls Hatcher Area when his crew was documented using explosives to drive salmon from a closed area into an active seine net. The incident occurred in 2013.

Kittams appeared in Sitka for his court hearing where he was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay $12,375 in restitution to the state of Alaska. An additional charge of using explosives to drive salmon was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

Kittams operates the...

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