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Old 09-30-2016, 07:51 PM   #16
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City: Kenai, Alaska
Country: USA
Vessel Name: Melanie Rose
Vessel Model: 1999 Willard PH
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I personally know of a group who chartered a couple of boats and a resort lodge in Prince William Sound. They harvested legal quantities of all kinds of fish, processed them and vacuum sealed and froze their fish at the lodge.

They were met at the dock in Whittier and their halibut, only the halibut, were confiscated. The IHC rule says you may not have fishing tackle on board the boat carrying processed halibut, all other species were left alone and not seized.

They could have simply put all of the fishing tackle on the one boat and transported their fish on the other and they would have been within the law. They were unaware of the law and the Federal agents stated that they "should" have known this obscure IHC rule.

I just keep my boat really clean and deny that I have been fishing at all...
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