Cutter Halts Fishing Boat Over Violations

Jay Barrett/KMXT

The Coast Guard Cutter Acushnet temporarily terminated a fishing voyage of the fishing vessel Arctic Wave approximately 30 miles northeast of Kodiak at approximately 2 p.m., Monday.

A boarding team from the Acushnet, a 213-foot medium endurance cutter homeported in Ketchikan conducted a routine fishing vesselinspection and found a shark fin hanging from the rigging of the Arctic Wave. Having a shark fin without the carcass is a violation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1996.

Upon further inspection of the vessel, it was found that the Arctic Wave had an insufficient number of immersion suits. The Acushnet contacted Coast GuardMarine Safety Detachment Kodiak and National Marine Fisheries Service personnel and terminated the fishing trip. The Acushnet escorted the Arctic Wave back to Kodiak.

The fishing vessel was met in Kodiak by Marine Safety Detachment Kodiak and National Marine Fisheries Service personnel. The captain of the Arctic Wave was able to acquire a sufficient number of immersion suits while in port. After the Coast Guard re-inspected the fishing vessel and found no other violations, the Arctic Wave was allowed to continue their fishing voyage. Thefishing vesselleft Kodiak at approximately 9 p.m. Monday.

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