Straight out of their latest meeting, Private boaters take notice, IPHC wants implement a program where you will need a harvest tag for every halibut you catch. This will allow them to "keep better records" of what you catch. You will also likely not be able to fillet our halibut until you get back to the dock any more....In fisheries management speak, you are on notice, they are looking more closely at your harvest and you will be seeing some changes in regulation in the future. Likely starting in Southeast Alaska.
There was support in concept for the development of a harvest tag or ticket for improved data collection in all recreational halibut fisheries in Alaska and for accurate and timely accounting. The Commission will send letters to the NPFMC and the Alaska Department of Fish & Game acknowledging this support.
The Commission received an industry proposal to change the Alaska sport fishing filleting requirements. Although the Commission took no action to change the regulations for 2010 they did direct the staff to form an industry and agency work group to review the regulations to determine if a regulation proposal could be develop for next year that met enforcement needs and assisted the industry.