National Fisherman

A Kotzebue commercial fisherman faces charges of waste after he left more than 100 salmon caught in a gillent to rot, Alaska State Troopers say.

Troopers issued a summons Aug. 6 for Roswell Schaeffer Sr., 66, for “waste of salmon” after he allegedly abandoned a half shackle of commercial gillnet filled with 103 salmon in the waters of the Kotzebue Commercial Fishing District.

Troopers did not reveal where the net was found but said they were given an anonymous complaint about a net and its location. After speaking with Schaeffer about the net, troopers issued him a summons to appear in court to face the misdemeanor charge.

If convicted, Schaeffer could face up to a year in jail and a $10,000 fine. A troopers spokesperson said in an email that it’s more likely Schaeffer’s net will be forfeited and he’ll pay restitution and other fines.

Read the full story at the Alaska Dispatch News>>

Want to read more about Alaska law enforcement? Click here...

Inside the Industry

NMFS recently released a draft action plan for fish discard and release mortality science, creating a list of actions that they hope can better inform fisheries.

We know that fishermen have to deal with bycatch by discarding or releasing unwanted catch overboard, but there is a data gap regarding how those fish survive.


A new study has identified a set of features common to all ocean ecosystems that provide a visual diagnosis of the health of the underwater environment coastal communities rely on.

Together, the features detail cumulative effects of threats -- such as overfishing, pollution, and invasive species,  allowing responders to act faster to increase ocean resiliency and sustainability.

Try a FREE issue of National Fisherman

Fill out this order form, If you like the magazine, get the rest of the year for just $14.95 (12 issues in all). If not, simply write cancel on the bill, return it, and owe nothing.

First Name
Last Name
U.S. Canada Other

Postal/ Zip Code
© 2015 Diversified Business Communications
Diversified Business Communications