A logbook is STILL required by ALL sport fish charter/guide operators operating in saltwater, regardless of whether a vessel is used or not. It is the business owner’s responsibility to obtain the logbook. Logbooks can be picked up at all ADF&G offices.
If your business begins operation prior to the availability of the current year logbook, please proceed with the following method to log your trips:
- Download the Saltwater Trip Logbook to track your activity until logbooks become available at your area Fish & Game office. Instructions for completing the logbook page are included in the download.
- Once a current year logbook has been issued, transfer the logbook number onto the temporary logbook data page(s) before mailing to ADF&G.
Do not send temporary data page(s) to ADF&G without a current year logbook number. If no logbook number appears, ADF&G will not be able to associate the trip with your business
Required Documents to Obtain a Logbook
- Department of Motor Vehicles issued vessel AK number, OR vessel US Coast Guard Documentation number.
- ADF&G Sport Fishing Business Owner Operator’s Registration (can be completed at time logbook is picked up)
Saltwater Logbook Reporting Requirements
- Daily trips must be recorded in the saltwater logbook and all trips must be recorded until the last trip of the season.
- All saltwater logbook sheets for completed trips must be returned to ADF&G no later than the date specified in the logbook.
- As described in the logbook it is the responsibility of the guide to assure that daily fishing activity is recorded in a timely manner.
- It is the responsibility of the business owner to ensure that all data for fishing activities from January 1 through December 31 is submitted to ADF&G in the manner specified in the logbook.
- When requested by any local representative of ADF&G, State of Alaska Peace Officer, or Federal Enforcement Officer the saltwater logbook or eLogBook must be made available for review.
Electronic Logbook (eLogBook)
A charter business will be issued an eLogBook upon request. 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.
Once the application is downloaded to a mobile device (smartphone, tablet), laptop or desktop computer, trips can be recorded without internet connectivity. Once 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:
- We recommend you retain a paper logbook at all times to use in the event of technical difficulty or equipment failure. In previous years you were required to have a paper logbook as a backup.
- 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.
- 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 agree to contact ADF&G at (907) 267-2299 within 24 hours (or the next ADF&G business day) in the event of technical difficulty.
- All trips must be reported either through the eLogBook or through a paper logbook, but not both.
See the FAQ for more information.
Historical Logbook Information
Historical logbook information for a specific business or guide can be made available by submitting the appropriate signed and notarized release of information form(s) below to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.