Wildlife Troopers issue citations for illegal snagging at DIPAC

Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Juneau say they cited multiple people for illegal snagging last weekend after conducting surveillance of a sport fishing dock next to the Macaulay Salmon Hatchery on Channel Drive.

Troopers said in a dispatch that they have received daily complaints that people are using weighted treble hooks to snag fish at Channel Wayside Fishing Dock. Snagging is prohibited on and within 150 feet of the dock.

According to the dispatch, the following persons were contacted and cited between Friday, Aug. 24, and Monday, Aug. 27.:

• Boy, 17, of Juneau, name not given, was cited for retaining four snagged coho salmon. He was issued a citation for $190. His fishing pole, gaff, cooler, knife and fish were seized. It was the fourth time he has been cited for snagging at the location, and this was the third fishing pole seized from him. Additionally, two younger brothers, ages 14 and 11, were observed snagging salmon in the area and their fishing poles were also seized. Their mother, Richanna Rio, 38, of Juneau, was located nearby and issued a $110 citation for allowing the younger boys to snag.

• Hunter Nash, 22, of Virginia, was cited for attempting to snag. He was issued a $110 citation, and his fishing pole was seized.

• Zachary Gray, 23, of Juneau, was cited for attempting to snag. He was issued a $110 citation, and his fishing pole was seized.

• Boy, 17, of Juneau, name not given, was cited for retaining one coho salmon. He was issued a citation for $130.

• Tiuli Faatoai, 50, of Juneau, was cited for retaining one coho salmon. He was issued a citation for $130.

• Alexander Galinato, 59, of Juneau, was cited for attempting to snag. He was issued a $110 citation, and his fishing pole was seized.

All subjects were given 30 days to respond to the citations in Juneau District Court.

The Macaulay Salmon Hatchery is a Douglas Island Pink & Chum, Inc. (DIPAC) facility, and is one of the five largest salmon hatcheries in the state of Alaska.

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