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Celebrity fisherman faces charges

Commercial fisherman Linda Greenlaw was led into court in handcuffs last Friday in St. John’s,Newfoundland, after being arrested Sept. 23 for allegedly fishing illegally inside Canada’s 200-mile limit, according to the Portland Press Herald.

Greenlaw, the best-selling author of books about commercial fishing such as“The Hungry Ocean” and “All Fishermen Are Liars,” and a TV personality, was on her boat Sea Hawk along with an American television crew preparing to film an upcoming NBC television series when a fisheries patrol plane spotted them inside Canadian waters. Officials boarded the vessel and arrested Greenlaw, and the Sea Hawk was escorted via Coast Guard vessel to St. John’s.

At 47, Greenlaw is one of the best-known names in the fishing industry, having survived the “perfect storm” of 1991 and the last person in contact with the 72-foot sword-fishing vessel Andrea Gail that sank in the storm, with captain Billy Tyne and five crew lost at sea. The series that was in production during the time of her arrest is scheduled to be an eight-episode series on swordfishing, according to the report.

Greenlaw was released on a $10,000 cash deposit and an obligation to return to court Oct. 27.

— Elizabeth Ellis