In almost all jurisdictions in the USA, and many others too, while you are out fishing
, it is not allowed to have cleaned fish
onboard. Usually, only gutting is allowed, and sometime filleting (if you leave the skin on). This make perfect sense for fisheries enforcement, because the inspecting officer needs to ID the species and size of fish
caught, and for 99.8% of all recreational fishing
boats it is not a problem.
For a live-aboard boat
that cruises full time, with a freezer
full of fish from the past month it is impossible to comply with the letter of the regulations
. I have never worried about it, the few times I have been boarded for inspection
the officer never got down to looking in the freezer
. Even if he did, my experience is that LE are smart enough to understand the issue and not pursue a strictly technical violation.
But I am curious, has anyone been dinged under these rules? If so what were the circumstances and jurisdiction?