WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

February 01, 2002
Contact: Capt. John Broome, (360) 902-2927

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Washington man sentenced in illegal shellfish case

OLYMPIA A Mount Vernon man has been sentenced to 30 days in jail, ordered to pay more than $1,800 in fines, and has had his fish buying and dealing license privileges taken away for two years after being found guilty of charges associated with the purchase and sale of illegally harvested clams.

Michael Brendan Mahaffey, 36, pled guilty Jan. 11 in Kitsap County Superior Court to one count of unlawful use of a fish buying and dealing license, a felony, and one count under the State Health Code of unlawful sale or offer to sell shellfish.

The charges stem from 1998 incidents where Mahaffey purchased illegally harvested, uncertified manila clams from beaches along Dyes Inlet in Kitsap County.

Officers and detectives from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife worked with treaty tribal fisheries enforcement personnel to investigate the shellfish purchases.

Mahaffey, received 30 days of jail for each count, to be served concurrently, with the option of work release or home detention, as authorized and approved by the Kitsap County Corrections Center. His sentence includes suspended jail time of 335 days.