National Fisherman


Bad-boy commercial fisherman Freddie Joe Hankins won't have to wear an ankle bracelet, but he will be electronically monitored when fishing off Alaska for the next several years.

U.S. District Court Judge H. Russel Holland on Thursday ordered that for three years the fishing activities of the 47-year-old Oregon man be recorded by the federal, electronic Vessel Monitoring System. Hankins was also ordered to pay a $25,000 fine and a $75,000 fine for illegally catching 31,000 pounds of halibut he sold in Kodiak in 2007.

Fishermen were getting about $4 per pound for halibut at the time, making the catch worth as much as $120,000. According to testimony at Hankins's trial, the fish were caught in an area for which he lacked Individual Fishing Quota, but then reported to have been caught in a faraway fishing area for which he did have quota.

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