I hope this does not bring up any sensitive issues for anybody. I read a few times about people being upset that some tourists take home more than they can eat etc.
In my case, I will be done with my fish in 6 months. I did not take too much. To be honest, I wish I took more. As Im writing, Ive got a salmon sandwich waiting for me for breakfast/lunch.
So, take this advice ONLY if you're gonna eat your fish!! Not your neighbor or friend "Who doesnt really like fish, but sure Ill try it. Im sure my wife will cook some''. Know what I mean?
I was at the airport yesterday waiting for my flight to take me away from fish heaven and I could not believe the amount of $9 styrofoam boxes I saw. Most of them looked like they were made by the same company! They must be making a killing. I think those boxes are OK for people who visit Alaska for other reasons than the fishing. I mean, if you're here to see family, well, 25lbs of fish is good. However, if you're like me, and you want to eat fish for the next 6 months, 25lbs will not do. Rose and I calculated we were eating about 4lbs of fresh meat a day while in Alaska. (We know because Coal Point made 2lb bags for us and we ate one of those every meal. Sometimes more!)
Anyways, this is my advice to you:
It seems like those boxes can carry about 25-30lbs of fish AT MOST. Since most airlines will allow you a weight of 50lbs before a surcharge, why would you waste all that space?
What you can do instead, is go to Walmart. Buy a 5 dollar grey plastic bin. I bought the 18 gallon by Sterilite for 5.00 and change. After that, I bought an $11 sleeping bag.
Stuff your fish in the sleeping bag, then put it in the bin. You can easily carry 50lbs of fish back home and it will not thaw. As I write this, I still have about 30lbs of fish in that sleeping bag, and it is STILL ROCK HARD. Its been in there for over 40 hours now. (Im staying at a friends and she doesnt have that much freezer space...yet).
The cost for this set up is $16 but it allows you at least 20 more pounds of fish. Calculate 20 lbs of halibut at approx. $15 a pound...well worth it in those terms.
Also, if you are flying AIR ALASKA, they allow up to 90lbs for a surcharge. Other airlines only allow 70 lbs. So if you havent bought your ticket yet, and are planning on taking fish home, use Alaska Airlines.
Also, the airport has a freezer!! Man, I only found out the last day and its a lot cheaper than the other places Ive used and called. They allow you store fish, if in box; 12 a day. if in cooler; 14 a day.
I didnt quite understand their definition of 'a day' though. I brought my fish at 12:00am on friday morning, picked it up on saturday around 6pm and was only charged one day.
I think you get from 12:00am on day, to 11:59pm the FOLLOWING day. You can call and ask. Just look up 'freezer storage anchorage airport' on google.
Thats my advice to you. Hope it helps.