My son and I went on a bottom fishing charter today. It was a great day on the ocean, and we both limited on big lings, and caught some nice rockfish and one coho that was promptly and carefully released. Also caught on the boat was one 30 lb halibut and four or five chinook. There was one thing that was quite disturbing not only to us but just about everyone else on the boat: In the first couple of hours of fishing, quite a few yellow eye and canary rockfish were caught. At one point the captain said that if any halibut were caught, all the "orange fish" had to go over the side. I thought he was making some kind of joke that I didn't get... Right after the halibut was landed, I noticed half a dozen yelloweye and canary rockfish floating by the boat. Other people saw this too, and the captain then explained that the regulations say that if you catch any halibut, there can be no yelloweye or canary rockfish on the boat because Fish & Game would saw you are targeting them, and they are endangered. Throughout the rest of the day, quite a few more were caught, and after being pulled up from 180', most or all had expanded guts and blown eyes, and were dead or dying as they were thrown back in. Everyone, including the captain, thought it was a terrible waste. He mentioned that if he was caught with any "orange fish" on the boat (since there was one halibut), there would be a $700 fine. I hope that somehow this captain has just misinterpreted the regulations. Is this common practice? If it is common practice and he was doing things right, this seems like the dumbest game law I've heard of since the new law that will be in effect this deer/elk season that says you have to keep the genitals attached to the hind quarters! OK, maybe the yelloweye/canary rockfish regulation is even dumber...