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: April 12, 2022 - Expires: September 20, 2022)

CONTACT: Patrick Fowler
SE Regional Management Coordinator (acting)
(907) 772-5231

Filleting and De-heading of Lingcod, King and Coho Salmon, and Nonpelagic Rockfish Prohibited in Southeast Alaska Sport Fisheries

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:

Juneau: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 25, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 19, 2022.

Sitka: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 25, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Yakutat: 12:01 a.m. Monday, April 25, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Elfin Cove: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 2, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2022.

Gustavus: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 2, through 11:59 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2022.

Craig: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 9, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Klawock: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 9, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Ketchikan: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 23, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 11, 2022.

Petersburg: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 23, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2022.

Wrangell: 12:01 a.m. Monday, May 23, through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 28, 2022

The purpose of this restriction is to maximize the information obtained through ADF&G angler interviews 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 the 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.

Nonpelagic rockfish are defined as all rockfish that are not included in the pelagic (black, dusky, yellowtail, widow, dark and blue rockfish) rockfish species group. A helpful flyer is available on the ADF&G website to assist anglers with identification. For further information, contact the nearest ADF&G office or visit our website.

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