Southeast non-pelagic rockfish sport fishing regulations set for 2011

Posted: Friday, March 25, 2011

JUNEAU — The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced the non-pelagic rockfish bag, possession and the mandatory retention for the sport fishery during 2011 in the Southeast Outside Waters and Southeast Inside Waters. Nonresident angler annual limits of yelloweye rockfish have also been established for the 2011 season. The following regulations became effective on March 16:

Southeast Outside Waters:

• All non-pelagic rockfish caught must be retained until the daily bag limit is reached.

• The resident daily bag limit is two non-pelagic rockfish only one of which may be a yelloweye, possession limit of four fish, two of which may be yelloweye.

• The nonresident daily bag limit is two non-pelagic rockfish only one of which may be a yelloweye, possession limit of four fish, one of which may be yelloweye, with an annual limit of one yelloweye rockfish. 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.

Southeast Inside Waters

• All non-pelagic rockfish caught must be retained until the daily bag limit is reached.

• The resident daily bag limit is three non-pelagic rockfish only one of which may be a yelloweye, possession limit of six fish, two of which may be yelloweye.

• The nonresident daily bag limit is two non-pelagic rockfish only one of which may be a yelloweye, possession limit of four fish, two of which may be yelloweye, with an annual limit of two yelloweye rockfish. 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.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries allocated 16 percent of the allowable catch of demersal shelf rockfish to the sport fishery and established management provisions (5 AAC 47.065) 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.

For further information, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishregulations.se_sportfish.



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