A U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement boarding team discovered illegally caught fish about 12 nautical miles northeast of Kodiak, Alaska on Saturday, Feb. 19, according to the USCG.
The crew of Coast Guard cutter Bailey Barco, homeported in Ketchikan, Alaska, boarded the 38-foot fishing vessel Competition and discovered 18 halibut and one ling cod onboard that were retained while the season was closed.
The crew seized the catch and issued violations for possession of halibut during a closed fishery, operating beyond three nautical miles with an expired EPIRB hydrostatic release, and not having a current commercial fishing vessel safety examination.
The cutter crew transferred the seized catch to NOAA Office of Law Enforcement officers in Kodiak, and NOAA is investigating the illegal retention of fish, the Coast Guard said.
“Working with our partners in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, our enforcement efforts help the many legitimate Alaskan fishermen we encounter on a daily basis, ensuring nobody gains an unfair competitive advantage at the expense of biological sustainability,” Bailey Barco Commanding Officer Lt. Brian Williams said.