The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) announced today the winners of the annual Tag

Recovery Incentive Drawing for sablefish tags returned in 2007. The winners are:

1. Dwight Riederer F/V Falcon Enumclaw, WA $1,000

2. Jason Miller F/V Aleutian Spirit Petersburg, AK $500

3. Andy Kittams F/V Sara Dawn Petersburg, AK $500

4. Dick Curran F/V Cherokee Sitka, AK $250

5. John Waale F/V Aleutian Isle Clearlake, WA $250

6. Albert Melnychuck F/V Pacific Viking Fort Langley, BC, CAN $250

All persons who turn in an ADF&G groundfish tag receive a hat or T-shirt and a letter with the release

and recovery information for the sablefish tag(s) they returned. Each ADF&G sablefish tag returned with

valid recovery information (date of recovery and precise latitude and longitude or set number if attached

to a logbook page) was placed into the drawing, and the winning tags were randomly chosen. A total of

708 of the 1,190 ADF&G sablefish tags returned from commercial fisheries qualified for the drawing.

The drawing was held February 28, 2008 at ADF&G’s Juneau office.

The Southeast Groundfish Project has been tagging sablefish since 1979 to obtain information on

sablefish movement, growth and abundance. The tags are bright orange or green in color, approximately

three inches in length, and are located below the first dorsal fin of the fish. Sablefish tagged in the

internal waters of Southeast Alaska have been recovered from as far away as Coos Bay, Oregon and the

Pribilof Islands in the Bering Sea.

Information from tagging studies provides an important contribution to the management of sablefish

fisheries. The department appreciates the participation of fishermen and processors in this program.

Additional information on Southeast Regional Groundfish Fisheries can be found on our web site at:


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