On March 17, 2013, troopers from the Astoria Area Command office located four gill nets in a remote area of Sturgeon Lake. The area is closed to public entry to allow for undisturbed waterfowl protection and is managed by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Upon inspection of the unlawful nets, troopers located multiple species entangled within the mesh including White Sturgeon, Catfish, Walleye, Carp and Northern Pike Minnow. Troopers spent several hours locating and removing live fish from the nets before setting up a 24-hour surveillance operation.
On March 21, two individuals were observed pulling the unlawful nets from the water as well as retaining and discarding several dozen fish. Troopers apprehended the individuals a short time later and seized the vessel used in the retrieval of the nets, as well as 32 fish located within the vessel.
VADIM V. KOVALEY, age 46, from Portland, and YURIY M. ZLOBINI, age 53, from Milwaukie, were lodged at the Columbia County Jail on felony charges of Prohibited Fishing Activities and misdemeanor Charges of Unlawful Entry into Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, and Waste of Game Fish.
A third person, VLADIMIR A. PALAMARCHUK, age 55, from Portland, was arrested on misdemeanor Charges of Aiding/Counseling in a Wildlife Offense.