One of the fan favorites, the mighty F/V Maverick and owners Rick and Donna Quashnick don’t appear in season 4 of ‘Deadliest Catch’, they did however, manage to make recent news when a crab inspection revealed they had undersized crab aboard. Although they were fined, there was very little illegal crab found and the Maverick continued on its fishing journey. Were it not for it’s ‘Deadliest Catch’ fame, perhaps the article would never have been written. Either way, any news on our favorite fishermen and boats is interesting to regular followers of ‘Deadliest Catch’! From the Anchorage Daily News…
The owner and captain of a fishing vessel featured on the Discovery Channel’s popular reality show “Deadliest Catch” has pleaded no contest to a single count of illegally possessing undersized crab, according to Alaska State Troopers.Richard S. Quashnick, 52, of the Maverick, was fined $1,500 after an Alaska Wildlife trooper inspecting his catch over the winter discovered some of the Maverick’s bairdi tanner crab were smaller than the 5.5 inches required by law, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said.
“We went through several hundred of those crabs and there was only a small percent that was undersized,” Ipsen said. “He was allowed to continue with the season.”
Quashnick, reached by phone in Warrenton, Ore., said he was hauling some 45,000 pounds of crab at the time and troopers found only a few that were undersized.
The citation was a violation and was not criminal in nature, Ipsen said. Quashnick entered his no-contest plea in Unalaska District Court May 28, according to troopers.
“It was an accident,” he said. “It was just a mistake that my crew made, and we took care of it.”
The wildlife trooper came across the violation in February aboard a floating fish-processing vessel in the Bering Sea near the Pribilof Islands, Ipsen said. Troopers often measure a portion of a catch – usually several hundred crab – to ensure size limits are being followed, she said.
A film crew from the “Deadliest Catch” was not filming the vessel this season and so was not present at the time of the citation, Quashnick said. Calls and e-mails to a Discovery Channel spokeswoman were not returned Friday.
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