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OSP Fish & Wildlife Trooper Cite Port Orford Captain For Crab Fishing During Southern Oregon Coast Closure
02/03/2011
Lieutenant David Anderson
Fish & Wildlife Division - Fisheries
(503) 934-0222

(The two photographs provided with this release were not taken during the investigation. Photograph #1 is of the "Guardian" and photograph #2 is of OSP Fish & Wildlife Division troopers working on the vessel)
 
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A Port Orford, Oregon man was cited by Oregon State Police (OSP) Fish & Wildlife Division troopers last month on numerous criminal offenses related to a crab fishing closure investigation off the southern Oregon coast.
 
On December 10, 2010 the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW) implemented a crab fishing closure from Cape Blanco south to the Rogue River to allow crab meat condition within the area to improve to acceptable levels. The closure was to remain in effect until January 15, 2011.
 
On January 4, 2011, OSP Fish & Wildlife troopers were patrolling the coastal waters in the closed area using a newly purchased patrol boat named the "Guardian". The 50-foot patrol boat was purchased with federal grant funds received from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The "Guardian" is the Department's first large vessel used to patrol coastal waters since the 1960s.
 
While patrolling that date in the closed area, troopers discovered and seized 34 crab pots. The ongoing investigation determined the crab pots belonged to the fishing vessel "Eagle III", captained by GLEN BURKHOW, age 47, from Port Orford. BURKOW was cited to appear in Curry County Circuit Court on the following charges:
  • Taking Dungeness Crab Closed Area
  • Crab Pots Present within a Closed Area
  • Failure to Display ODFW Buoy Tag
  • Failure to Display Pot Ownership Tag