Alaska Statutes.
Title 16. Fish and Game
Chapter 43. Regulation of Entry Into Alaska Commercial Fisheries
Section 310. Establishment of Buy-Back Funds and Permit Buy-Back Assessments.
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AS 16.43.310. Establishment of Buy-Back Funds and Permit Buy-Back Assessments.

(a) When the optimum number of entry permits is less than the number of entry permits outstanding in a fishery, the commission may establish a buy-back program, a buy-back plan, and a buy-back fund for that fishery.

(b) The commission may establish by regulation a permit buy-back assessment for each fishery for which the commission has established a buy-back fund under (a) of this section. The amount of the assessment may not exceed seven percent of the value, as defined in AS 43.75.290 , of fish that a permit holder in the fishery subject to the assessment removes from the state or transfers to a buyer in the state. The Department of Revenue shall collect an assessment established under this subsection.

(c) The commission shall expend money appropriated to a buy-back fund for the purpose of reducing the number of entry permits in the fishery to the optimum number, at a rate to be established by the commission. The legislature may appropriate interest accrued on the money in a buy-back fund to that fund. Except as provided in AS 16.43.320 , money appropriated to a buy-back fund does not lapse.

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