Investigators look into illegal salmon sales

Posted: Thursday, November 11, 2010

ANCHORAGE - An undercover investigation has found that many Yukon River subsistence fishermen sell smoked salmon strips.

Stan Pruszenski, special agent in charge for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, says the lawbreaking is widespread.

He tells The Tundra Drums some fishermen last year sold a few baggies of smoked salmon for $35 a pound. But, he says, others sold significantly more.

The three-year investigation is ongoing and no charges have been brought yet.

Penalties could range from a simple citation to a grand jury indictment.

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