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Men arrested for illegal gillnetting on Sauvie Island

by: OREGON STATE POLICE - Fish trapped in illegal gillnett at Sauvie Island's protected wildlife area on Sturgeon Lake. Oregon State Police troopers arrested three men in connection with the netting.Oregon State Police Fish & Wildlife troopers arrested three men for various unlawful netting activities within the Sauvie Island Wildlife Area March 21.

On March 17, 2013, troopers from the Astoria Area Command office located four gill nets in a remote area of Sturgeon Lake. The area is closed to public entry to allow for undisturbed waterfowl protection and is managed by the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife. Troopers found multiple species entangled within the mesh of the net including White Sturgeon, Catfish, Walleye, Carp and Northern Pike Minnow.

Troopers spent several hours locating and removing live fish from the nets before setting up a 24-hour surveillance operation.

On March 21, two men were observed pulling the nets from the water and sorting through the several dozen fish. Troopers apprehended the individuals a short time later and seized the boat used in the retrieval of the nets. They also seized 32 fish located in the boat.

Vadim V. Kovaley, 46, from Portland, and Yuriy M. Zlobini, 53, from Milwaukie, were lodged at the Columbia County Jail on felony charges of prohibited fishing activities and misdemeanor charges of unlawful entry into Sauvie Island Wildlife Area, and waste of game fish.

A third person, Vladimir A. Palamarchuk, 55, from Portland, was arrested on misdemeanor charges of aiding/counseling in a wildlife offense.