- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 2, 2014

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) - Oregon state Fish & Wildlife troopers have cited an Astoria man, saying he used an illegal 1,200-foot gillnet to catch nearly 750 pounds of Chinook salmon on the Columbia River near the Willamette River.

Troopers say they came across 66-year-old Duffy Duncan during a nighttime boat patrol last Thursday. In a statement, Oregon state police say the troopers determined that Duncan’s net mesh size was illegal and he was in possession of 44 Chinook salmon caught in the unlawful net.

Both the fish and the net were seized.

The salmon were taken to a wholesale fish dealer and sold at the going rate of $2 per pound, with proceeds going to the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

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