Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Juneau pulled and inspected 98 personal use Dungeness crab pots in the area of the North Douglas boat launch Friday and Saturday.
Troopers said in a dispatch a total of 42 crab pots were seized for various reasons including improper or no biodegradable escape mechanisms, small or improperly placed escape rings or improperly marked buoys.
Troopers said citations will be issued for the violations and the gear returned if the owners can be identified. If no owner is identified then the gear will be assumed to be abandoned and will be kept in storage for two years before being placed up for auction.
Regulations pertaining to the use of personal use shellfish gear can be found on pages 28 and 29 of the 2012 Southeast Alaska sport fishing regulations summary.
If you have questions about lost gear or the regulations pertaining to personal use fishing please contact the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Juneau at 465-4000.