• Halibut fisher hit with $100,000 fine

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    A commercial fisherman who falsely reported his catches of halibut has been ordered to pay a $100,000 fine.  Freddie Joe Hankins of Cove, Oregon, was sentenced in Anchorage for lying about where he had caught 31,000lb of halibut. He was fined $25,000 and must pay $75,000 as a community service payment. In addition, he must place an ad in a trade magazine admitting his wrongdoing. Hankins reported that he took the halibut in a legal area, but actually landed them from an area where fishing was not allowed. Those who rod-fish for halibut in Alaska will no doubt rejoice to see such treatment meted out to a commercial fisherman, especially as the lion’s share of the annual halibut catch is snapped up b y commercial interests. Full story here.



    Editor and publisher of Classic Angling magazine. Founder member of UK Angling Writers' Association and current chairman. Former winner of Writer of the Year. I wrote a weekly angling column for The Independent for 23 years, having previously written columns for The Guardian and Sunday Mirror. If it swims, I'll fish for it: marlin or mackerel, trout or tench, salmon or snook. I've written several books on fishing, from one for the Duke of Edinburgh's award to the notorious Catchmore Sharks (don't look at the pictures) and Bob Nudd's autobiography, How to be the World's Best Fisherman. I love exotic travel for fishing (been to Mongolia and Ecuador, the Great Barrier Reef and Arunachal Pradesh) and wish I could afford to do such trips more often. My favourite fish? Anything with fins, though I have a special love for mahseer, and I'm chairman of The Mahseer Trust.

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