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ADF&G announces lingcod and rockfish regulations

Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Friday that the lingcod sport fishing seasons, bag and possession limits, annual limits and size limits have been established for the Northern Southeast Alaska and Yakutat areas. In these areas the following regulations apply.

The season runs from May 16 through June 15 and August 16 through November 30. Residents can catch one lingcod daily, have two in possession and there is no size limit. Nonresidents can catch one lingcod daily, have one in possession and are limited to fish between 30 and 35 inches in length or greater than 55 inches. Nonresidents have an annual limit of two - one between 30 and 35 inches and the other greater than 55 inches.

Nonresident anglers shall immediately record, in ink, all lingcod harvested either on the back of their sport fishing license or on a transferable harvest record. Charter operators and crew members may not retain lingcod while clients are on board the vessel.

These regulations are designed to ensure that the sport harvest of lingcod does not exceed fishery allocations established by the Board of Fish. Recent harvest trends in the Southeast Alaska sport fishery indicate the sport allocation would be exceeded in 2009 if these harvest restrictions were not implemented.

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The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced Friday the sport fishing bag and possession limits and the mandatory retention of non-pelagic rockfish. The following regulations become effective at Midnight today.

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. The possession limit for residents is six fish, two of which may be yelloweye.

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

These regulations apply in all marine waters of Southeast Alaska as a means to reduce mortality, keep regulations consistent to avoid angler confusion and improve enforcement.



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