March 10, 1998
Contact: Chuck Bolland, (360) 902-2255
Crab fisher sentenced and fined
ILWACO -- The Ilwaco District Court has found a commercial crab fisher guilty of
two counts of possession of undersize dungeness crabs.
William Hankins, an Oregon resident, was sentenced last Thursday to a jail
sentence of one year, of which all but 15 days were suspended, and a fine of $9,500.
The amount of the fine set by Judge Doug Goelz reflected the value of the crab
which were taken, according to WDFW enforcement officer Mike Cenci, who
investigated the case.
"This was the most extreme case of undersize crab I've investigated in nine
years of being a fish and wildlife officer," said Cenci.
WDFW enforcement officers discovered approximately 4,500 undersize crabs on
Hankins' vessel during a routine inspection, during December, at an Ilwaco fish