Fairbanks restaurant charged with illegally selling clams

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Published: Nov. 9, 2020 at 5:00 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The AK Buffet, a restaurant in Fairbanks, Alaska was named in a criminal complaint filed by the State of Alaska that alleges the restaurant purchased illegally caught clams and cockles and sold them to customers.

The charging document states that AK Buffet and Xiao Shan Shi, who is listed as the secretary, shareholder and treasurer worked with Michael Duby of Juneau to buy the clams and cockles.

According to the charging document, Alaska State Troopers found video of Duby and his wife fishing for the clams and cockles. Troopers determined through fishing records that Duby did not have a commercial permit to fish for clams or cockles in Alaska. Troopers also found a post on AK Buffet’s FaceBook page that advertised clams and cockles for sale.

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Shi denied paying for or selling the clams and acknowledged to troopers that it was illegal to do so. Troopers later found text messages between Duby and Shi discussing the price of the clams. They also found a payment from Shi which corresponded with their sale.

The charging document says that it is common knowledge that Alaskan clams and cockles can cause paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) which can be deadly. An Alaskan died this summer from PSP in Dutch Harbor.

Shi and AK Buffet where both charged with unlawful possession of fish, personal use: buy or sell fish, and reckless endangerment.

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