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    Can you process halibut on the water ie. skin, package in meal sized portions, and freeze?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kbarnes View Post
    Can you process halibut on the water ie. skin, package in meal sized portions, and freeze?
    If you do, you must have two dorsal and two ventral fillets for each halibut with the skin on. You cannot cut them up into smaller peices. Keep in mind, you cannot have more than four halibut (two days worth) on board at one time per person. For further clarification call NOAA at 907-586-7228.
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    But only a little piece of skin has to be on the fillets.

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    read the regs as it will be you to pay the fine , if you get one , not the person that told what to do it
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    Straight from the link, http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/sust...regsummary.htm



    • (a) Each halibut may be cut into no more than 2 ventral pieces, 2 dorsal pieces, and 2 cheek pieces, with skin on all pieces; and
    • (b) Halibut in excess of the possession limit in paragraph (1)(c) of this section may be possessed on a vessel that does not contain sport fishing gear, fishing rods, hand lines, or gaffs.
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    Nothing wrong with "the guys on the forum said so...."
    We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it. We get it rough enough at home; in towns and cities; in shops, offices, stores, banks anywhere that we may be placed

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    Fishgod I finally found that info too, so it's clear now. Thanks

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    "Freeze" is the operative word. They're out of your possession limit once frozen. Load up the freezer with fish, as long as they're frozen, you can catch some more.

    I used to skin my halibut then cool down good with glacier ice until this reg with the skin came up. They keep much better without the skin slime, plus if you just quarter the fillets, it's not hard to count fish so don't know why they restrict this to skin on.

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    Talked to the gal at NOAA and she said max of 4 halibut per person on the boat and must be left in four fillets each. They don't go out of your possession if preserved the way salmon do.

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    Be sure you realize halibut is federally regulated, the state can only work within federal stipulations to set seasons and bag limits.
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