This may not be an issue for some people, but it's something that I don't like, and if there's anything I hate, it's something I don't like.
Say, you go on a charter trip for Salmon, or Halibut, at Seward. (And other places too.) They will filet your fish for you, and you are expected to give them a TIP.
Watch when they do that. If' it's a salmon, they will cut off the bellies, but they don't get thrown away with the guts, etc. they save them. "What'er you gonna do with those bellies". They will ignore you. If you insist, they say "The captain wants to smoke them. That's at least honest.
If it's a Halibut, same deal with the cheeks. "What'er you gonna do with those cheeks"? Ignore, then finally, "I'm gonna use them to chum halibut when we go fishing again tomorrow". That's not honest.
A better option is to tell them that you want to keep your fish whole, so you can clean them yourself. (Cleaning tables are provided right there at the slip.) BTW, you will have to tell them several times.
Those two stories are actual, and from this year, and last year. I've experienced similar in the more distant past.
When I fail to remember this, and let them filet my fish rather than cleaning them myself, I always feel like I got cheated.
Them bellies, and cheeks, are the good parts. If they wanna keep them, they should ask me, so I can tell them NO.
We’re not all dumb tourists, and tourists especially, shouldn’t be taken advantage of. They are paying customers, not sheep to be fleeced. It makes me ashamed.
Smitty of the North