Man sentenced for buying halibut

October 21, 2010 

JUNEAU -- A former owner of a Juneau restaurant has been sentenced to community confinement for buying subsistence halibut.

Thirty-nine-year-old Jason Maroney of Seattle is the owner and operator of the former Doc Water's Pub. He pleaded guilty in federal court to purchasing subsistence fish.

Judge Timothy Burgess sentenced him to 10 months in prison, to be served in community confinement.

Fifty-eight-year-old David Skrzynski, a Juneau commercial fisherman who provided the fish to Maroney, received a year in prison.

Federal regulations prohibit the commercial sale of subsistence halibut.

Maroney paid between $4 and $5 a pound for the fish, significantly less than he would have paid if it had been legally caught and sold.

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