The skipper of this Alaskan fishing crew justifiably got hit with the fine.
Local Alaska wildlife troopers often say that reports like this are common but rarely investigated because of lack of evidence. However in this case, a video taken by the salmon hatchery in question, provided all the proof the authorities needed that this Alaskan fishing crew was on the wrong side of the law.
In a recently released video file, you can see the exact footage that lead to the skipper of the boat getting a hefty fine.
Salmon boats are allowed to fish outside of protected hatchery waters. However, there are boundary lines set up where boats are not allowed to go. In this case, the skipper ordered his crew to throw handheld "seal bombs" into the protected waters to scare the salmon out into their nets.
$15,000 in fines, restitution, and a plea deal later, the crew of the Sara Dawn and the skipper, 43-year-old Andrew Kittam, are back fishing in Alaskan waters. As per the deal, only the skipper was held liable for the crime since it was his orders that lead to these actions.
Next time though, the good skipper might be a little more cautious of the law.