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    Default PWS Fish ID book

    Does anyone happen to have or know of a good book to get for help in identifying the various fish you will find in PWS area? It's nice to know exactly what you are catching and if it's worth keeping for eating or toss back. Also to make sure you don't break any rules.

    I know most of the things I catch, but not all of them.

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    http://www.sfos.uaf.edu/ They should have books and pamplets that can help you.

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    I have a bunch of them and the one I like the most is called Coastal Fish Identification California to Alaska by Paul Humann

    Forgot to add they are $33 but you can get them all day on ebay for $15 w free shipping

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    Thanks Roger, I bought that book!) I'll check the U for the other stuff too. Thanks Capn dd.

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    The pamphlet that comes with the sport fishing regs has a decent description with pictures of most species of fish youíre likely to encounter in PWS and itís free.
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    Depending how much detail you want there are also laminated quick reference charts of fish similar to http://www.outdoorcharts.com/saltwater.htm at various bookstores and baitshops.

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    Remember that the uglier it is the better it is likely to eat! And, cute lil' guys like tomcod are worthless, at least I'd never eat one since they haunt a particular bay and can come at you by the millions! Glad to see you want to know them so you can keep within the rule limits, though! Oh...there are NO parasitic worms in salt water fish that can harm a human, so don't worry if you miss one in a filet and eat it, won't hurt you a bit even if you are eating raw shusi (but other organisms like bacteria on dirty/spoiled fish can harm you). And, I found out on this forum why arrowtooth flounder are mushy unless you treat them a particular way (like eat within 5 minutes of catching or freeze within a short time...)

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    You can also pick up a poster-sized rockfish display , produced by NOAA, from ADF&G in Anchorage by asking for it at the sportfish counter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cap'n Ron View Post
    Oh...there are NO parasitic worms in salt water fish that can harm a human, so don't worry if you miss one in a filet and eat it, won't hurt you a bit even if you are eating raw sushi

    wrong
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anisakis
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    The life cycle is completed when an infected fish is eaten by a marine mammal, such as a whale, seal, or dolphin.
    Is he wrong?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AKBighorn View Post
    Is he wrong?
    yes

    "Anisakids pose a risk to human health in two ways: through intestinal infection with worms from the eating of underprocessed fish, and through allergic reactions to chemicals left by the worms in fish flesh.[2]"

    that is why DEC requires fish that is to be served raw to be frozen at a certain temp for a proscribed amount of time before serving.
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