(Released: July 25, 2018 - Expired: August 31, 2018)
Division of Sport Fish
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Contact: Bob Chadwick, SE Regional Management Coordinator
Juneau – Today the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reminds anglers that in addition to existing nonpelagic rockfish bag, possession, and retention rules, a closure will be in effect for the Southeast Alaska Outside Waters from August 1 through August 31, 2018.
Southeast Outside Waters
Retention of nonpelagic rockfish is prohibited in all Southeast Alaska Outside Waters from August 1 through August 31. All vessels in Southeast Alaska Outside Waters during this time must have a functional deep water release device on board while fishing (regardless of target species) and all nonpelagic rockfish must be released at depth of capture or at least 100 feet.
Anglers are also reminded that beginning in 2020, all anglers and vessels sport fishing in marine waters of Southeast Alaska will be required to have and use a deep water release device to return nonpelagic rockfish to depth. See p. 12 of the 2018 Southeast Alaska Regulations Summary for more information.
For further information, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishregulations.se_sportfish