Dippers Net Fines With Increased Beach Enforcement

Increased enforcement along local beaches is resulting in widespread citations. $175,000 was added for Wildlife Troopers to patrol Kenai Peninsula fisheries this year, thanks to a last-minute alteration to the state’s capital budget.

 

Fishermen have reported seeing more officers out and about, and several dip netters were cited this week for failing to record their catch in time.

 

Sportfisheries Management Biologist Robert Begich explained that the regulations changed this year…

 

Begich: “One of the things that’s new for this year in regulation is language that clarifies when people need to log their catch after personal use fishing. It’s right on the permit, and basically, I’ll paraphrase it, it says you need to mark your harvest and record it on your card prior to leaving the area that’s open to dip netting, so once you leave the boundary of that fishery, you need to have your harvest recorded on that card.”

 

80-year-old Bruce Hunting of Anchor Point was fined $110 for failing to record 19 sockeye salmon on his dip net permit before leaving the fishing site; 54-year-old Dennis Ferderer of Soldotna was fined the same amount for failing to record 23 sockeye salmon on his permit; and 55-year-old Jan Newman of Palmer was caught with 13 reds.

 

Between July 8 and 14, Wildlife Troopers said they gave out a total of 44 citations: 11 for failing to record fish, 5 for failing to mark, 2 for failing to release snagged salmon, 8 for fishing during closed periods, 6 for dip netting in closed waters, 1 for sportfish guiding without a license, 3 for not releasing kings, 4 for not releasing Dolly Varden, 1 for not having a dip net permit, 1 for no boat registration, 1 for a non-resident license issue, and 1 for falsification of a license.

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  1. Mary 17 July, 2014, 07:49

    I am so glad we have extra enforcement. I can’t believe it, three people cited for not releasing kings! That angers me, and that’s only three that were caught having them. Greed takes over pretty easy. If people only knew what others are doing up and down the Kenai River it would make you sick. Destroying valuable vegetation, taking what ever they can get their hands on, leaving garbage, taking any species of fish, and there just isn’t the enforcement to catch them. This is good and its a start to enforcing. Being a local during this time of year is a challenge for patience. The traffic is awful, but nothing we can do about that, but destroying the river banks and taking fish your not suppose to, stupid adults deserve to have their license taken away for the remainder of the year.

  2. Snowangel 17 July, 2014, 08:31

    They still have a long way to go to make up for the $175,000!

  3. angie jane 17 July, 2014, 16:35

    yeah all the pigs you mentioned mary are most likely begich and obama voters…they take take take with no responsibility!!!
    OINK it away… another 175,000 million down the drain!
    BACK TO WORK SLAVES!

  4. Timmay 17 July, 2014, 21:24

    $110 is only the equivalent of just over 4 boat launches. They should be fined per fish, not the general infraction. I bet if it were $20/fish, there would be more of a concern to get it right the first time. Higher fines for keeping a king, possibly including 1-3 days jail time. Then the rules and regs might be taken more seriously. Some folks will stash $110 on the side just in case they get caught. Same should go for clamming and other types of fisheries statewide.

  5. John 18 July, 2014, 15:26

    I hope next year the legislature doubles the $175,000 and the number of law enforcement. It is long overdue here in Alaska; especially at the set net sites.

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