Fileting, De-Heading Of Bottomfish, Kings And Cohos Prohibited In Southeast

The following press release is courtesy of 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, nonpelagic rockfish, and king and coho salmon at-sea. Marine boat anglers returning to any port on the road system of the communities listed below, during the times designated, may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head these fish until their vessel is tied up at a docking facility where the fish will be offloaded, unless the fish have been consumed or preserved on board:

Ketchikan: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 29, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2019.
Craig: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 29, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Klawock: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 29, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Sitka: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 29, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2019.
Juneau: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 6, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 15, 2019.
Petersburg: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 29, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Wrangell: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 29, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Gustavus: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 6, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Elfin Cove: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 6, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019.
Yakutat: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 29, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 1, 2019.

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 nonpelagic 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 port. Anglers may fillet and head king and coho salmon, lingcod, and nonpelagic 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/sf/EONR/index.cfm?ADFG=Region.R1

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