The Tradewinds of Depoe Bay Charter fishing license scandal has been adjudicated by the courts with joint owners Tim, Julie and Eva Harmon pleading guilty to misdemeanor game violations. Deputy District Attorney Joseph Allison told News Lincoln County that as owners of Tradewinds-Depoe Bay, and the company itself being found guilty of racketeering charges, the three are on the hook for the $48,000 fine levied against the company. Additionally, for the misdemeanor game violations Tim and July Harmon were fined $3,500 each and their daughter Eva was fined $3,000. On top of that the three must sell their Tradewinds of Depoe Bay charter business and are barred from having any ownership role in any charter service based in Oregon for the next five years.
As for the involvement of other captains and their boats that contracted with the Harmons, Allison said they were not charged based on what was termed negotiations with investigators.
The scandal surrounded the Harmons failing to obtain ODFW fishing licenses for their customers – instead giving them mere charter receipts with an explanation that their receipts doubled as their license. Each license was a worth $16.75. ODFW is notifying past Tradewinds customers that they are entitled to a refund from Tradewinds.