Crabbers accused of poaching in Oregon coast reserve area

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — Two men are accused of poaching crab in the protected Cape Falcon Marine Reserve south of Cannon Beach using gear stolen from other crabbers. The Astorian reports Scott Giles, most recently of Ilwaco, Washington, and deckhand Travis Westerlund, of Astoria, face criminal charges, including theft, criminal mischief, unlawful take and fishing in a prohibited area, following an indictment in August. Given the amount of stolen gear allegedly found in his possession, Giles, the captain of the commercial fishing vessel The Baranof, faces felony theft charges. An Oregon State University researcher and a commercial crabber discovered a string of 19 pots hidden in the reserve last year. It wasn’t immediately known if the men have lawyers.