Spokeswoman: Seized catch to be used for bait

In this undated photo provided by the United States Coast Guard, the crew of the Kodiak based Coast Guard Cutter Munro monitors the Bangun Perkasa, a stateless fishing vessel suspected of illegal large scale high seas drift net fishing on Friday, Sept. 30, 2011 in Alaska. When Coast Guard crews boarded the ship about 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak, they found 30 tons of squid and 30 shark carcasses aboard. Francis says workers tried to dump more than 10 miles of net, but it was retrieved. (AP photo/United States Coast Guard)

An Alaska business has purchased the roughly 30 tons of squid and 30 shark carcasses that authorities confiscated from a vessel suspected of illegal fishing. NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Julie Speegle didn’t immediately know the name of the Dutch Harbor company. She also didn’t know the amount of the winning bid. Speegle said the catch is not for human consumption and will be used as bait. She said it’s expected to be removed from the ship this week. Last month, the Coast Guard seized the Bangun Perkasa about 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak after a report the vessel was fishing illegally with a drift net. NOAA Fisheries took control of the vessel after it was determined to be free of rats. State law prevents ships with rats from entering Alaska waters.


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