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Summer sportfishing has begun in Unalaska, and the Alaska Department of Fish and Game wants to hear how local anglers are doing.

"There are about five people who regularly contact me and give me updates about what's going on, which I really appreciate," said biologist Tyler Polum. "But more would help too."

Polum is a sportfish biologist for Kodiak, the Aleutian Islands, and the Alaska Peninsula.

Alaska State Troopers

A Kodiak man died May 2 while fishing in the Bering Sea.

Alaska State Troopers report 55-year-old Christopher O’Callaghan was struck in the chest with a line when the F/V Ocean Hunter was transferring fish to another vessel.

Officials say the line caused bruising and internal injuries resulting in his death. Multiple crewmembers witnessed the incident.

O’Callaghan’s body was transported to Unalaska and then the State Medical Examiner by request of his next of kin.

(Public domain photo by Senior Chief Journalist Melinda Larson) / USCG

  Updated | 6:54 a.m. Thursday

The Alaska Patriot has been sunk in the North Pacific. Because of incoming inclement weather, the Coast Guard cutter Sherman left the area Wednesday evening while the 170-foot abandoned fishing vessel was slipping beneath the waves.

Petty Officer Luis Fagalnifin of the Coast Guard’s command center in Juneau said the Sherman’s crew boarded the Alaska Patriot on Wednesday afternoon to let in water.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

Two fishermen have pleaded guilty in Unalaska District Court after violating commercial fishing rules in the Aleutian Islands.  

Last week, the court ordered Michael Mayberry of Lake Stevens, Washington to serve one year of probation and pay more than $2,000 in fines and restitution for falsifying his fishing license.

The court fined George Yoder of Port Townsend, Washington more than $3,000 for fishing without a valid permit. Yoder was also sentenced to one year of probation.

U.S. Coast Guard District 17

After more than 30 years in the seafood industry, the Fishing Company of Alaska (FCA) was bought out last month, ending its long and often difficult presence at the Port of Dutch Harbor.

The company is still under investigation, though, after one of its vessels sank off the Aleutian Islands last summer.

Lt. James Daugherty said the U.S. Coast Guard's probe has gone on, regardless of the sale.  

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