ABSTRACT

In view of reports early in the season that the trap-net fishermen were not going to observe the law, the waters of southeast Alaska were very thoroughly patrolled this year, and a cruise by the assistant agent in Stephens Passage, Lynn Canal, Chatham and Icy Straits, extending from Saturday, July 4, to Monday afternoon, July 6, covering some 300 miles and including visits to 38 traps, complete and in process of construction, disclosed a most remarkable condition of affairs. Of the 34 traps operating, 29 were brazenly violating the law, 4 were guilty of minor or technical violations and but one trap was confining strictly to the letter of the law.