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NOME, Alaska (AP) — A Kotzebue fisherman faces a charge of wasting fish after the Alaska State Troopers say he left salmon caught in a gill net to rot.

Troopers said Roswell Schaeffer Sr., 66, left behind 103 salmon in a commercial gill net in the Kotzebue Commercial Fishing District. A summons was issued for Schaeffer last week.

Troopers said they were led to the net by an anonymous complaint but did not say where the found it. Schaeffer was fined earlier this summer for employing an unlicensed crew member, KNOM reported (http://bit.ly/1sUS0hE).

The current case did not immediately appear on the state's court records website. Efforts to reach Schaeffer were not successful.

The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail and a $10,000 fine, though a Troopers spokesman said it is more likely Schaeffer would face forfeiture of his net and other fines if found guilty.

While the fish had started to rot, they were donated to a local dog musher who used them to feed his team, the Troopers said.

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Information from: KNOM-AM, http://www.knom.org

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