Emergency Orders and Press Releases
Sport Fishing

Region 1-Southeast


Division of Sport Fish
Dave Rutz, Director

Anchorage Headquarters Office
333 Raspberry Road
Anchorage, AK 99518


Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Doug Vincent-Lang, Commissioner

P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
www.adfg.alaska.gov


Advisory Announcement
(Released: May 06, 2020 - Expired: September 13, 2020)

CONTACT: Bob Chadwick
Regional Management Coordinator
(907) 747-5551

Filleting And De-heading Of Lingcod, King And Coho Salmon, And Slope Rockfish Prohibited In Southeast Alaska Sport Fisheries

(Southeast) - 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, slope 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, June 1,through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2020.
Craig:12:01 a.m. Monday, May 11,through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020.
Klawock:12:01 a.m. Monday, May 11,through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020.
Sitka:12:01 a.m. Monday, May 11,through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2020.
Juneau:12:01 a.m. Monday, June 1,through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 13, 2020.
Petersburg:12:01 a.m. Monday, June 1,through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020.
Wrangell:12:01 a.m. Monday, June 1,through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020.
Gustavus:12:01 a.m. Monday, May 11,through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020.
Yakutat:12:01 a.m. Monday, May 11,through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 30, 2020.

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 slope 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 slope rockfish on board a vessel once it is tied up at a docking facility where the fish will be offloaded.

Slope rockfish are defined as all rockfish which are not included in either the pelagic (black, dusky, yellowtail, widow, dark and blue rockfish) or the demersal shelf rockfish species group (yelloweye, quillback, copper, china, canary, tiger and rosethorn rockfish). The most common slope species encountered in the sport fishery in Southeast Alaska include: silvergray, rougheye, shortraker, redbanded, and vermilion rockfish. A helpful flyer is available on the ADF&G website http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/static/home/pdfs/KeepDontKeepRockfish.pdf, to assist anglers with identification.

Retention of demersal shelf rockfish species remains prohibited in 2020, which includes these species:

YelloweyeQuillbackTigerCopper
ChinaCanaryRosethorn

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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