National Fisherman

An Oakland couple nabbed for poaching 108 commercial grade Dungeness crabs had the crustaceans stashed out of sight in a specially modified boat with secret compartments, according to prosecutors.

The discovery of the haul — five times the legal limit — led to the arrest and prosecution of spouses Minh Tran, 54, and Mai Tran, 52, both of Oakland. On Wednesday, both were sentenced for misdemeanor counts of taking more than three times the crab limit and illegally taking the crabs for profit. A third charge of failing to display the catch to warden upon demand was dismissed as part of a plea deal.

Minh Tran, who has prior convictions for the same conduct in a different county, received 10 days in jail, three years of court probation and a $20,580 fine. Mai Tran received five days jail followed by two years of court probation.

The pair must also forfeit their boat to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife which typically auctions them off but in this case will likely destroy it because of the compartments.

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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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