Ak Fishing News: Kenai Kings No Fillet Rule
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From an ADFG News Release:
This Emergency Order applies to all Kenai River king salmon harvested, regardless of size.
Anglers may not fillet, mutilate, remove the head, or otherwise disfigure a Kenai River king salmon in such a manner that would prevent determination of the length of fish. Anglers may fillet king salmon after the fish are offloaded from the vessel or removed from the shoreline fishing site. “Shoreline fishing site” means the point on the shoreline where the fish is hooked and removed from the water, at which time it becomes part of the angler’s bag limit.
This regulation becomes effective at 12:01 a.m. on Tuesday, May 1, and remains in effect through 11:59 p.m., Saturday, July 14, 2007.
Anglers will still be allowed to remove the gills and guts from their Kenai River king salmon before offloading from a vessel or removing the fish from the shoreline fishing site.
By regulation, the Kasilof River also has the no-fillet requirement.
The Board of Fisheries authorized the Department to issue this type of Emergency Order for the purpose of enforcement of bag and size limits. Department of Fish and Game personnel and other resource agency staff will enforce this regulation, and anglers who disregard this requirement will be subject to a citation.
For additional information contact Larry Marsh, Assistant Area Management Staff Biologist, (907) 262-9368.
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