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Alaska Department of Fish and Game


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Sport Fishing

Region 1-Southeast News Release

(Released: April 21, 2014)


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ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND GAME
Cora Campbell, Commissioner

DIVISION OF SPORT FISH
Charles O. Swanton, Director

Contact:
Bob Chadwick
SE Regional Management Coordinator
Phone: 907 747-5551

April 21, 2014

FILLETING AND DE-HEADING OF LINGCOD, KING AND COHO SALMON, AND NON-PELAGIC ROCKFISH PROHIBITED IN SOUTHEAST ALASKA SPORT FISHERIES

Marine boat anglers returning to ports where and when on-site ADF&G creel surveys are conducted will be prohibited from filleting, mutilating, and de-heading sport caught lingcod, non-pelagic rockfish, and king and coho salmon. Marine boat anglers returning to any port on the road system of the communities, during the designated times identified below, may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head these fish until the fish have been brought to shore and offloaded, unless the fish have been consumed or preserved on board:

Ketchikan: 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 28, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Craig: 12:01 A.M. Monday, May 5, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2014.
Klawock: 12:01 A.M. Monday, May 5, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2014.
Sitka: 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 28, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Juneau: 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 28 through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, September 14, 2014.
Petersburg: 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 28, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2014.
Wrangell: 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 28, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2014.
Haines: 12:01 A.M. Monday, May 5, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, June 22, 2014.
Skagway: 12:01 A.M. Monday, May 26, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2014.
Gustavus: 12:01 A.M. Monday, May 5, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2014.
Elfin Cove: 12:01 A.M. Monday, May 5, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2014.
Yakutat: 12:01 A.M. Monday, April 28, through 11:59 P.M. Sunday, August 31, 2014.

The purpose of this restriction is to maximize information obtained through ADF&G angler interview and dockside sampling programs. Southeast Alaska management plans adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries require length and sex information for lingcod, length information for non-pelagic rockfish, and identification of tagged king and coho salmon, which can only be obtained when fish are intact. On-site sampling is conducted during the fishing season at many harbors to estimate sport fishing effort and harvest, and contribution of hatchery and wild stocks of king and coho salmon to regional sport fisheries.

This action does not prohibit gutting and gilling fish before returning to the ports. Anglers may fillet and head king and coho salmon, lingcod, and non-pelagic rockfish on board a vessel once it is tied up at a docking facility where the fish will be offloaded. For further information, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.eonr

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