The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the non-pelagic rockfish bag, possession and mandatory retention for the 2011 sport fishery in the Southeast inside and outside waters.
All non-pelagic rockfish caught must be retained until the daily bag limit is reached. Nonresident anglers must immediately record all yelloweye rockfish harvested, in ink, either on the back of their sport fishing license, or on a nontransferable harvest record. Charter operators and crew members may not retain non-pelagic rockfish while clients are on board the vessel.
In Southeast outside waters, the resident and nonresident daily bag limit is two non-pelagic rockfish, only one of which may be a yelloweye. The possession limit is four fish. There may be two yelloweyes in residents’ possession limits. Nonresidents possessions may have one yelloweye with an annual limit of one yelloweye rockfish.
In Southeast inside waters, the resident daily bag limit is three non-pelagic rockfish, only one of which may be a yelloweye. There is a possession limit of six fish, two of which may be yelloweyes.
The nonresident daily bag limit is two non-pelagic rockfish, only one of which may be a yelloweye. The possession limit is four fish, two of which may be yelloweyes, with an annual limit of two yelloweye rockfish.
A release states the Alaska Board of Fisheries allocated 16 percent of the allowable catch of demersal shelf rockfish to the sport fishery and established management provisions to be used by the department to manage the sport fishery within the allocation. The measures being imposed during 2011 are intended to limit harvest and total mortality within the sport allocation and ensure the sustainability of demersal shelf rockfish populations in the Southeast Alaska area.