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.