A commercial fisherman who falsely reported his catches of halibut has been ordered to pay a $100,000 fine. Freddie Joe Hankins of Cove, Oregon, was sentenced in Anchorage for lying about where he had caught 31,000lb of halibut. He was fined $25,000 and must pay $75,000 as a community service payment. In addition, he must place an ad in a trade magazine admitting his wrongdoing. Hankins reported that he took the halibut in a legal area, but actually landed them from an area where fishing was not allowed. Those who rod-fish for halibut in Alaska will no doubt rejoice to see such treatment meted out to a commercial fisherman, especially as the lion’s share of the annual halibut catch is snapped up b y commercial interests. Full story here.