Seattle-based seafood company Trident Seafoods was in Ketchikan District Court this week to face 20 counts of late fish tickets.
According to charging documents, the Ketchikan Police Department was contacted by a Department of Fish and Game employee in Sitka, who had been investigating Trident Seafoods and already passed the case on to troopers. The employee told police in July that Trident’s fish tickets would be late because the plant modified the prices on the tickets.
Alaska state law requires commercial fish processors to record each catch on an AFG-approved fish ticket, which must be submitted to a local representative within seven days after landing. Charging documents indicate Trident’s fish tickets were between five and 12 days late.
The company also is charged with violating conditions of release on another four charges of late fish tickets from 2013. Attorney Henry Keene entered a not guilty plea on Trident Seafoods’ behalf for all charges.