ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A fishing corporation has been fined after pleading guilty to illegal fishing operations in Alaska state waters.
Fishermen's Finest Inc. is based in Kirkland, Wash., and executives there did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.
The Anchorage Daily News says the company pleaded guilty in a Cordova court on Monday.
As part of a plea agreement, the company will pay a $12,500 fine, of which $2,500 is suspended for a three-year probationary period.
Also, the company will pay a forfeiture of more than $10,000 for the illegal catch.
An investigation by Alaska State Wildlife Troopers found that the company violated state law by catching and retaining 11,000 pounds of Lingcod.
Sgt. Brent Johnson says the case was spurred by confusion over state and federal regulations.