Marine boat anglers returning to ports within the Kodiak Road system will be prohibited from filleting, mutilating and de-heading sport-caught king salmon at sea, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said Monday.

Marine boat anglers returning to any port on the road system from May 31 to Aug. 31 may not fillet, mutilate, or de-head these fish until they have been brought to shore and offloaded, unless the fish have been consumed or preserved on board, the department’s division of sport fish said in a news release.

The purpose of this restriction is to maximize information obtained through ADF&G angler interviews and dockside sampling on king salmon length and sex, and identification of tagged king salmon, which can only be obtained when fish are intact, the release also said.

On-site sampling will be conducted during the fishing season at Kodiak city harbors to estimate sport fishing effort and harvest, and the contribution of hatchery and selected wild stocks of king salmon to the local sport fishery, it said.

The action does not prohibit gutting and gilling king salmon before returning to the ports. Anglers may fillet and head king salmon once the vessel on which those fish were taken is tied up at a docking facility where the fish will be offloaded.

For information, contact the Division of Sport Fish office in Kodiak at (907) 486-1880.

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