Update: Nankervis fishing boat ticketed by AWT

The son of a CBJ Assemblymember has been ticketed for failing to show a commercial fishing vessel license for his father’s boat.

Ian Nankervis, 24, was issued the notice of violation just before noon on June 16th, Father’s Day, near Benjamin Island.

Alaska Wildlife Trooper Aaron Frenzel wrote that Nankervis had “No 2013 CFEC vessel license.”

The strict liability violation carries a $200 fine plus a $10 surcharge. As a minor offense with an optional court appearance, Nankervis could elect to just pay the fine online.

According to records from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission and Alaska Public Offices Commission, Ian Nankervis holds a Southeast salmon drift net permit, but leases the 34-foot fishing vessel Pisces from his father Jerry Nankervis. The first-term Assemblymember is a former Juneau Police captain who has been spending his retirement working as a deckhand for his son.

CFEC records also appear to indicate that the elder Nankervis’ vessel permit for the Pisces is current and valid for 2013. So, it’s unclear why the citation was issued. Jerry Nankervis and Trooper Aaron Frenzel have not yet responded to KTOO’s inquiries about the alleged violation.

Update June 21, 2013, 11:35 a.m.

Jerry Nankervis said that it was “my fault” and he was prepared to repay his son $210 to cover the cost of the ticket. Nankervis said he forgot that he acquired the permit in December and set aside the license sticker until the weather was better to put it on the boat. He described searching for the paperwork when Trooper Frenzel boarded his boat on Sunday.

The citation was essentially a ‘fix-it ticket’ and Nankervis said no fine will have to be paid after they showed proof of the vessel permit. He added that it was particularly embarrassing for both him and his son since neither have previously received anything more than a parking ticket.

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