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Creel surveys starting up again in SE in April, May

Posted: April 22, 2011 - 7:04am

JUNEAU — Marine boat anglers returning to ports are asked by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to keep catches intact.

In late April creel surveys will start up again in Southeast and last through September. While these surveys are being conducted, anglers 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: Monday, April 25, through Sunday, September 11.

Craig: Monday, May 2, through Sunday, August 28.

Klawock: Monday, May 2, through Sunday, August 28.

Sitka: Monday, April 25, through Sunday, September 11.

Juneau: Monday, April 25, through Sunday, September 11.

Petersburg: Monday, April 25, through Sunday, August 28.

Wrangell: Monday, April 25, through Sunday, August 28.

Haines: Monday, May 9, through Sunday, June 26.

Skagway: Tuesday, May 31, through Monday, September 5.

Gustavus: Monday, May 2, through Sunday, August 28.

Elfin Cove: Monday, May 9, through Sunday, August 28.

Yakutat: Monday, April 25, through Sunday, August 28.

The purpose of this restriction is to maximize information obtained through ADF&G angler interview and dockside sampling programs. 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. Southeast management plans adopted by the Alaska Board of Fisheries require length and sex information for lingcod, weight information for non-pelagic rockfish, and identification of tagged king and coho salmon, which can only be obtained when fish are intact. 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 more information, contact the nearest ADF&G office or go online to http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingSportFishingInfo.eonr.

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