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    Default Filleting at sea rule

    I am not sure if this has been posted before.

    News release for 30 May 08. IPHC issues new rules on filleting Halibut at sea. This should make it crystal clear what is legal.

    http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/state.../nr.cfm?id=938

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    Do you know how the old rule was worded? I have always done this and have never had any issues.
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    Default The old rule

    used to say it was illegal to mutulate fish in a way that the number and species could not be identified. I allways took that to mean it was legal, and appearently I was correct. I bet fish and feathers got lots of calls, so they decided to define what they meant.

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    Default old wording

    I too have filleted into four parts out of necessity. It was a catch 22. Waste or fillet.

    I only read what was in the fishing regulations. It was legal but in my opinion open to interpretation.

    http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/state...ral/SCsalt.pdf

    "until brought to shore and offloaded, no person may fillet, mutilate, or otherwise disfigure a halibut in any manner that prevents determination of the number of fish caught or possessed."

    It would seem that a reasonable person or law enforcement officer would interpret this correctly. But over zealous enforcement could lead to a ticket which would likely be thrown out in court. Unless one does not contest it. The spirit of the law or regulation is sometimes lost. Much like the broken antler rules. If the fellas who where ticketed a couple years ago for broken antlers (ones which were broken by the moose, but still met the brow tine or spike/fork requirements.) had contested it in court, the tickets would likely have been thrown out.

    http://www.adn.com/outdoors/craig_me...ry/142316.html

    This new rule it more of a clarification than a new law. It should save someone a trip to see the judge. I personally don't have time to be in court with working and all the fishing to be done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akjeff View Post
    I too have filleted into four parts out of necessity. It was a catch 22. Waste or fillet.

    I only read what was in the fishing regulations. It was legal but in my opinion open to interpretation.

    http://www.sf.adfg.state.ak.us/state...ral/SCsalt.pdf

    "until brought to shore and offloaded, no person may fillet, mutilate, or otherwise disfigure a halibut in any manner that prevents determination of the number of fish caught or possessed."

    It would seem that a reasonable person or law enforcement officer would interpret this correctly. But over zealous enforcement could lead to a ticket which would likely be thrown out in court. Unless one does not contest it. The spirit of the law or regulation is sometimes lost. Much like the broken antler rules. If the fellas who where ticketed a couple years ago for broken antlers (ones which were broken by the moose, but still met the brow tine or spike/fork requirements.) had contested it in court, the tickets would likely have been thrown out.

    http://www.adn.com/outdoors/craig_me...ry/142316.html

    This new rule it more of a clarification than a new law. It should save someone a trip to see the judge. I personally don't have time to be in court with working and all the fishing to be done.
    "in any manner that prevents determination "....I think this was the vague part of the old reg. Differenct people could interpret this different ways. I think the new wording is very clear and was needed. Too bad, though, that I can't take the skin off while on the boat. You wouldn't think anyone would need to know which fillets went to which side of the fish.

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