Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Wrangell Fishermen Sentenced

A father and son from the Southeast Alaska community of Wrangell, Alaska have been fined and sentenced to five years probation for violations of the Lacey Act while fishing for halibut in the Gulf of Alaska.

Charles “Chuck” J. Petticrew Sr., 70, and Charles “Jeff” J. Petticrew Jr., 42, had previously been charged with violating the federal Lacey Act, said US Attorney Karen L. Loeffler, in an announcement Jan. 5. Both men admitted their crimes and pled guilty in October before Chief US District Judge Timothy H. Burgess.

According to Assistant US Attorney Jack S. Schmidt, the Petticrews conspired between June 28, 2010 until May 20, 2013, to falsify fishing locations in their longline fishery logbook entries for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, as well as on individual fishing quota landing permits and ADF&G halibut tickets.

They indicated they fished in management area 3A, when in fact they had fished only in management area2C, Schmidt said.

The Petticrews illegally caught halibut in management area 2C valued at over $23,000 and falsified IFQ records.

The elder Petticrew pled guilty to a single felony count of conspiracy to falsify IFQ records and was sentenced to pay a $90,000 fine, along with probation. His son pled guilty to a single misdemeanor count for violating the Lacey Act by falsifying IFQ records and fined $10,000, along with probation. Both men agreed to install and pay for a vessel monitoring system for the vessel they used and for any other vessel fished on behalf of the family corporation.

The investigation into the Lacey Act violations was conducted by NOAA’s Office of Law Enforcement, Alaska Enforcement Division.

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