Inside Passage Blog

By Linda Lewis



June 27, 2007 – Linda and the Law (Plus Tenakee Springs)


OK, here comes my story about getting busted.
In Hoonah Sound (north of Peril Strait) I was out pulling up our shrimp pots when.......... The Alaska State Troopers came roaring up to me.

They wanted to check my shrimp pots. Well.... the new one we had just purchased in Sitka did not "meet code." See it sitting on the back of their boat? Focus on the orange bait box at the back of their boat and you'll see it surrounded by a black rectangular frame with black netting. That's our shrimp pot. (They took pictures of the pot and got all my particulars, including my height/weight/eye color/hair color, etc!) The rule says you must have an opening in the netting that is six inches long and laced together with only 100% cotton string. That way, if the shrimp pot (trap) is lost, the biodegradable string will rot and any creatures that crawl into the pot can get out.

They were very cordial and actually gave me a break. They could have confiscated the pot and the shrimp I had just hauled up. And they could have really dinged me for not having the fishing license in the skiff with me (rather than back on the big boat). As it was, I got a citation for $110. Ouch. And I got a roll of cotton string so I could fix the pot.

We saw their boat again in Angoon. Notice that there are three big 225 hp engines on that boat. No getting away from them if they want to catch you. We also saw their boat in Tenakee Inlet, so they are moving all around and really enforcing the rules. Rest assured that our pots (now) all meet code.

It is worth it to follow the rules. For example, look at this crab! Yummy.

And just so you really believe that the shrimp pot is now legal, here's a picture of it. No more tickets for me!

After cutting the required six inch slit in the net the white cotton string is laced through - at the lower right.
And now that we are in Hoonah, what do I see? Another AK State Trooper boat and their nearby office.

Here's my new friend Judy (from NW Women in Boating) buzzing around in our anchorage in Hoonah Sound. That is their boat (Pt Judith) in the background. After hearing my story they fixed their pots to avoid my fate.

Judy had noticed us working with this forest of kelp clinging to our anchor chain and anchor and came over to help pull it off.

This is actually a fairly common scene up here. Pushing this "newspaper kelp" off the anchor with the boat hook works quite well. What doesn't work so well is anchoring in this stuff in the first place. The anchor tends to slither around on it as if on a skating-rink surface. Sometimes we have to make several tries to get the anchor to "set."
David wanted you to see the backdrop for the wonderful little community of Tenakee Springs. He really likes it here. And the people are so friendly to "the tourists." (That would be us.)

All of the locals wanted to talk to him about his fine skiff. Did you build it? What design is that? How long did it take you to build it? He's becoming a regular maritime personality of the boat-building world. The other tourists (like us) don't get nearly as excited about it as the "real" Alaska folks, especially the fishermen. They just love it.
Here is a taste of Tenakee. Those are actually all wood blocks on the door. I also like the crab knocker and the whale tail holding the hose.

And here is one of the local guardians of Tenakee Springs.


Here is a favorite spot for me: "The Part Time Bakery"  -  with a Y painted in after the word Part and with the ubiquitous "guard dogs." Good latte' and muffins.

Linda & Dave
M/V Royal Sounder



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