Former fisheries board official cited

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A former Alaska Board of Fisheries chairman has been cited for violating fishing regulations in southeast Alaska.

Alaska State Troopers on Saturday cited Dan Coffey, an Anchorage attorney and former assembly member, for the alleged violations on fishing gear in Peril Strait, north of Sitka.

Troopers found Coffey’s crab traps were baited with sport-caught king salmon. State regulations require only salmon scraps be used as bait, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

“Coffey was using other than the head, tail, fins, closely trimmed skeleton, or viscera,” the troopers’ account of the violations say.

Coffey disputes the charge, saying he baited his Dungeness crab traps with scraps from king salmon fillets he caught.

But he claims the trooper said one of the tails in the trap hadn’t been trimmed closed enough.

“That’s a little subjective, but I could see his point as well,” Coffey said. “If I made a mistake, it was not salvaging enough of the meat. I’m going to tell the judge what I did, and I’m going to let him decide.”

He also was cited for having two shellfish pots that were missing a required escape mechanism, which allow undersized crab to escape if it is lost or forgotten. Coffey said he forgot to put in the escape ring, and paid that $110 fine.

More in Local News

Snohomish man, 63, missing from home since Monday

He left without his keys, wallet and phone, saying something about going to “the river.”

Firefighters come to the rescue and give mom new stroller

Donations to the Good Neighbor Program covered the $143.20 cost.

Case unresolved: The noose at an Edmonds construction site

Though two were fired over comments about it, police were unable to determine who put it there.

To get drug money, Lynnwood man says he cut 911 wires

Those wires happened to be the ones used by 911 dispatchers, but emergency services weren’t affected.

February trial set for suspect in deadly Marysville shooting

There had been questions about Wayne Alpert’s mental health.

Fatal car crash reported on Highway 92 near Lake Stevens

The 3 p.m. accident and investigation stopped traffic in both directions near Machias Road.

Motorcyclist killed in crash had high level of THC

A motorcyclist had more than eight times the legal limit… Continue reading

Investigation recommends girl shot by officers face charges

The teen is accused of assaulting her boyfriend and the responding police officers.

Signs show the rates for using the express toll lanes for traffic headed southbound on Interstate 405, Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2016, in Bothell, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced plans Tuesday to try to decrease congestion on I-405 in answer to commuter complaints that the new express lane tolling system is making traffic worse. The governor said he would not be shutting down the tolling system as some people have called for. But the state transportation department is making plans to add new northbound general purpose lanes to ease some of the congestion and also plan to make it easier to move into and out of the express lanes. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Higher tolls could improve traffic speed in I-405 toll lanes

A report recommends lifting on the maximum toll and charging only by segment.

Most Read