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  • Your business success is linked to your client's continued fair and equitable access to fish. 
  • Regulators need to know charter operators need stable and predictable allocations and regulations in order to market their services. 
  • Regulators need to know the value of a recreational fishery not only in terms of economic importance, but the social and cultural benefits this brings to the sport fishing public. 


CHP Annual Registration Required for 2020

The North Pacific Fishery Management Council took action last year on an issue that would create an annual renewal process for charter halibut permits (CHPs) in IPHC Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A. This application process would require CHP holders (including Community Quota Entities and U.S. Military Morale, Welfare, and Recreation groups) to submit CHP number, CHP holder name, address, phone number and/or email address, as well as any updates to the CHP ownership structure.

The intent of this annual registration process is to provide more complete and useful information to evaluate whether changes to the CHP Program are necessary as a result of changes in ownership and participation of CHPs, to facilitate retirement of non-transferable permits when ownership changes, and improve the ability of enforcement agents to ensure valid permits are being used.

Note: Although NMFS is currently accepting applications, the new software applications that will allow RAM Division to process the annual CHP registrations and process the transfers of CHPs is still under development. Currently, any applications that RAM receives are being held in safekeeping until development and testing is completed. NMFS and the IT folks are very much aware of the February 1 opening of the sport fishery so that's our target for having everything in place. If anyone is in urgent need of obtaining their 2020 CHP (e.g. fishing winter chinook & halibut), I advise they contact RAM directly at 1-800-304-4846.

Click here for link to NMFS Website for form, listed under additional applications.

Rockfish Closure in SE Alaska

Yelloweye and Non-Pelagic Rockfish Closure

Say goodbye to yelloweye: Southeast Alaska waters closed to harvest of rockfish species

January 10, 2020 by

"Fishing for a popular species of rockfish has been closed for the entire year in Southeast Alaska.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game closed the sport, commercial, and personal use fisheries for yelloweye rockfish effective 12:01 a.m. on January 1.

The ban includes all  six species of “nonpelagic” rockfish, however, the yelloweye, often called “red snapper,” is by far the most prized.

Bob Chadwick is the sportfish coordinator for Southeast Alaska. He says the populations of nonpelagic species are down dramatically, despite years of restrictive bag limits.

“Despite conservative management actions that we’ve been taking to reduce the harvest of nonpelagic rockfish, we’re seeing a decrease in abundance of 60-percent,” said Chadwick.

The nonpelagic species include the quillback, tiger, silvergray, copper, and china rockfish.

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Download the 2019 Guided Halibut Angler Catch Statistics

AKDFG has published the 2019 catch data for the charter fleet. These preliminary estimates are used in determining how the 2019 regulations, seasons and angler demand performed in meeting the annual catch limits set by the IPHC. 

(October 29, 2019)

Download charter halibut final estimates:

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