Sport Fish Guides and Charters
Electronic Logbook (eLogBook)
A charter business will be issued an eLogBook upon request. During the 2020 season, all operators can choose to report their guided activities with either the saltwater Charter Logbook or the eLogBook. Once issued, it is not required that all guides use it.
If a guide wants to use the eLogBook, they will be given the eLogBook link by the business owner. If a guide wants to try the eLogBook but later changes their mind, they can go back to using the saltwater paper logbook. It is the guide’s responsibility to make sure that ALL trip data is reported either electronically with the eLogBook or with the paper logbook but not both.
NOTE: Starting in 2021, all sport fish guide businesses operating in Southeast Alaska saltwaters will be required to use the eLogBook to report their sport fish guiding activities. Paper logbooks will be available to use as a backup to the eLogBook.
Once the application is downloaded to a mobile device (smartphone, tablet), laptop, or desktop computer, trips can be recorded without internet connectivity. As soon as the guide returns to a location with internet connectivity, the trip information can be uploaded.
Please be aware, there are a few conditions associated with using the eLogBook:
- You need to follow all instructions in the paper logbook including when a logbook page must be completed and the timelines for submitting logbook trips.
- You must allow a law enforcement officer or a representative of ADF&G to inspect the eLogBook trip data stored on the device when requested.
- In the event of a technical difficulty, you agree to contact ADF&G at (907) 267-2299 within 24 hours (or the next ADF&G business day).
ADF&G recommends keeping a paper logbook backup onboard each vessel in the event of a technical difficulty.
See the FAQ for more information.
eLogbook Tutorial Videos
These short, 2-5 minutes videos are here to help you become familiar with the eLogBook. To make best use of the information, we encourage you to watch the videos in order. If you already are an eLogBook user, it may be helpful for you to have your eLogbook application on hand as you watch the videos. *
* The information provided in these videos is for educational purposes only. The videos include hypothetical examples to illustrate how to use the eLogBook applications and use the names of fictitious individuals and entities as guides, anglers and sport fish guide businesses. Furthermore, the examples used in the videos do not reflect specific regulations in a given region at a given time.