Squid and shark from seized boat are sold, will become bait

Associated PressOctober 24, 2011 

JUNEAU -- An Alaska business has purchased the roughly 30 tons of squid and 30 shark carcasses that authorities confiscated from a vessel suspected of illegal fishing.

NOAA Fisheries spokeswoman Julie Speegle didn't immediately know the name of the Dutch Harbor company. She also didn't know the amount of the winning bid.

Speegle said the catch is not for human consumption and will be used as bait. She said it's expected to be removed from the ship this week.

Last month, the Coast Guard seized the Bangun Perkasa about 2,600 miles southwest of Kodiak after a report the vessel was fishing illegally with a driftnet.

NOAA Fisheries took control of the vessel after it was determined to be free of rats. State law prevents ships with rats from entering Alaska waters.

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