In a recent release from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, 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.
The release stated that 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:
Juneau: April 30, through Sunday, September 9.
Ketchikan: April 30 through Sunday, September 9.
Craig: Monday, May 7, through Sunday, August 26.
Klawock: Monday, May 7, through Sunday, August 26.
Sitka: April 30, through 1Sunday, September 9.
Petersburg: April 30, through Sunday, August 26.
Wrangell: April 30, through Sunday, August 26.
Haines: May 7, through Sunday, June 24.
Skagway: May 29, through Monday, September 3.
Gustavus: May 1, through Sunday, August 26.
Elfin Cove: April 30, through Sunday, August 26.
Yakutat: April 30, through Sunday, August 26.
According to the ADF&G, the purpose of this restriction is to maximize information obtained through angler interview and dockside sampling programs. Southeast Alaska 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.
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.