2 sentenced for selling subsistence fish

Posted: Friday, August 22, 2008

ANCHORAGE - Two Sitka residents have been sentenced for illegally selling subsistence halibut in 2004.

Federal prosecutors say 43-year-old Jesse Rivera was sentenced to six months in jail and fined $40,000.

Thirty-six-year-old Artemio Rivera was sentenced to three years probation and a month in community confinement. He was fined $5,000.

Prosecutors say the Riveras pleaded guilty in July to violations of the Lacey Act for selling halibut caught under the Sitka Sound Subsistence Halibut program.

The fish was shipped to Seattle.

A spokesman for the National Marine Fisheries Service says the subsistence fishery is designed to assist Alaskans in need of the fish.

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