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Creel surveys start up again for 2013

Posted: April 25, 2013 - 11:02pm

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game is again conducting on-site creel surveys at local ports beginning as early as Monday, April 29 in some communities.

Marine boat anglers returning to areas where these surveys are being conducted will be prohibited from filleting, mutilating and de-heading sport caught lingcod, non-pelagic rockfish and king and coho salmon so survey members can get an accurate assessment of the fish.

Creel surveys will be conducted in the following communities during the following dates:

Ketchikan: Monday, April 29, through Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Craig: Monday, May 6, through Sunday, September 1, 2013.

Klawock: Monday, May 6, Sunday, September 1, 2013.

Sitka: Monday, April 29, Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Juneau: Monday, April 29, through Sunday, September 15, 2013.

Petersburg: Monday, April 29, through Sunday, September 1, 2013.

Wrangell: Monday, April 29, through Sunday, September 1, 2013.

Haines: Monday, May 6, through Sunday, June 23, 2013.

Skagway: Tuesday, May 28, through Saturday, August 31, 2013.

Gustavus: Monday, May 6, through Sunday, September 1, 2013.

Elfin Cove: Monday, May 6, through Sunday, September 1, 2013.

Yakutat: Monday, April 29, through Sunday, September 1, 2013.

According to a release from ADF&G, 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 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.

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