Alaska Charter Association

To Protect the Rights and Conserve the Resources of Alaska's Sport Fishery
ACA News April 2017
No new rules on halibut carcass retention

A number of charter operators who had booths at the Great Alaska Outdoors Show were visited by a NOAA Enforcement officer who told everyone that they had to retain all halibut carcasses after each trip - which was not the established practice. As a general rule, carcasses must be retained for any species that has a size limit - and in Area 3A, there is no size limit on the first fish, but there is one on the second fish (AKA "the minnow rule.")

Julie Scheurer, Fishery Management Specialist with NOAA in Juneau, clarifies the rule: "There have been no changes in the carcass retention rules. I can see how the requirement that all halibut be retained onboard the vessel that they were harvested on until the end of the fishing trip could be confusing. That rule was implemented along with the guide definition rule that attempted to close the loophole of guides offering guide services from adjacent vessels to avoid fishing under the more restrictive regulations for charter anglers. Only the carcasses of size-restricted halibut (reverse slot limit in 2C, 28" fish in 3A) need to be retained. The second fish of any size in 3A may be filleted and the carcass can be discarded at sea." She added: "One more clarification, GAF carcasses must also be kept, and the tails must be clipped to distinguish them from regular sport-caught fish."

To see the latest regulations for halibut in Alaska for charter fishing, visit

Management News
NOAA Seeks Comment on Recreational Catch Data Plan

NOAA is seeking public comment on its plan for improving recreational catch data, called MRIP. Comments due by June 30th.  Learn more here.
Fishing-industry groups blast WA Gov. Inslee over his picks for North Council

"Gov. Jay Inslee's handling of nominations for a federal fishery-council seat has come under attack from the leaders of major North Pacific fishing-industry groups.. .  Get all the details here.
WIN a Trip! Ninilchik Charters Hosts Raffle for ACA
ACA Board Member Mike Flores and his team at Ninilchik Charters have donated THREE fishing packages for our second raffle benefitting the work of the Alaska Charter Association (Alaska Gaming Permit #3064.) 

Ninilchik Charters offers fishing trips out of Seward, Homer, Ninilchik and on the Kenai River, as well as hunting trips all over the state of Alaska. Raffle drawing will be held on Sept. 4th 2017, over Labor Day Weekend, and you can schedule your trip at your convenience. WINNERS DO NOT HAVE TO BE PRESENT TO WIN. Raffle tickets are $100 each and can be ordered over the phone by calling Ninilchik Charters at 907-260-7825. 

Only 250 raffle tickets will be sold, and with three prizes to win, worth $6,100 in total, your odds of winning are good with the ACA! 

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U.S. Reps. Graves, Green, Webster, Wittman Champion Federal Saltwater Fisheries Reform
Washington, D.C. - April 6, 2017 - The recreational fishing and boating community praised the introduction of a bill that addresses critical challenges facing saltwater recreational fishing at the federal level. Led by Congressmen Garret Graves (R-La.), Gene Green (D-Texas), Daniel Webster (R-Fla.) and Rob Wittman (R-Va.), the "Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017" (Modern Fish Act) would improve public access to America's federal waters, promote conservation of our natural marine resources and spur economic growth... read more.

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