Emergency Orders and News Releases
Sport Fishing

Region 1-Southeast News Release

(Released: April 19, 2017 - Expired: September 10, 2017)

Division of Sport Fish
Tom Brookover, Director
Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518


Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Sam Cotten, Commissioner
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
www.adfg.alaska.gov


Contact: Bob Chadwick, SE Regional Management Coordinator
(907) 747-5551

FILLETING AND DE-HEADING OF LINGCOD, KING AND COHO SALMON, AND NONPELAGIC 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, nonpelagic rockfish, and king and coho salmon at-sea. Marine boat anglers returning to any port on the road system of the communities listed below, during the times designated, 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 24, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017.
  • Craig: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 1, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017.
  • Klawock: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 1, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017.
  • Sitka: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 24, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017.
  • Juneau: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 8, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 10, 2017.
  • Petersburg: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 24, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017.
  • Wrangell: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 24, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017.
  • Gustavus: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 1, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017.
  • Elfin Cove: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 1, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017.
  • Yakutat: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 24, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 27, 2017.

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 nonpelagic 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 port. Anglers may fillet and head king and coho salmon, lingcod, and nonpelagic 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: www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm