First subsistence fishermen found guilty

by Angela Denning-Barnes on October 30, 2012

The Bethel Court House this morning found 48-year-old Harry David of Tuntutuliak guilty of fishing with illegal gear. David is the first of 24 fishermen who pled not guilty to fishing with larger salmon nets when they were restricted this past summer.

Magistrate Bruce Ward said David was negligent for not informing himself of what was legal and what size net he was using before he started to fish on June 22, the day he was cited.

An unprecedented 12-day salmon fishing closure was implemented in June by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to protect the low King salmon run.

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