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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 1 . Transportation, Possession and Release of Live Fish; Aquatic Farming
Section 170. Lawful gear and gear specifications

5 AAC 01.170. Lawful gear and gear specifications

(a) Salmon may be taken only by gillnet, beach seine, fish wheel, or, as specified in (h) of this section, by a hook and line attached to a rod or pole.

(b) Fish other than salmon may be taken only by set gillnet, drift gillnet, beach seine, fish wheel, pot, longline, fyke net, dip net, jigging gear, spear, and lead, or, as specified in (h) of this section, by a hook and line attached to a rod or a pole.

(c) A gillnet may obstruct not more than one-half the width of any fish stream. A stationary fishing device may obstruct not more than one-half the width of any salmon stream.

(d) In the Norton Sound District, kegs or buoys attached to subsistence gillnets may be any color except red.

(e) In Subdistrict 1, only set gillnets may be used. During times when the commissioner determines there is an abundance of fish and it is necessary to increase efficiency of harvest the commissioner, by emergency order, may close the fishing season in Subdistrict 1 and immediately reopen the season in Subdistrict 1 to subsistence fishing with gillnets and beach seines.

(f) In Subdistrict 1, no person may operate in the aggregate more than

(1) 50 feet of gillnet in fresh water as described in 5 AAC 01.160(b) (1)(C); and

(2) 300 feet of gillnet in marine waters.

(g) In the Unalakleet River from June 1 - July 15, no person may operate more than 25 fathoms of gillnet in the aggregate and no person may operate an unanchored fishing net.

(h) A person may use a hook and line attached to a rod or a pole when subsistence fishing only

(1) in the state waters of, and all flowing waters that drain into, the Bering Sea or Norton Sound from Cape Prince of Wales to Bald Point (between Elim and Koyuk); or

(2) through the ice.

(i) Notwithstanding (a) - (h) of this section, during times when the commissioner determines it to be necessary for the conservation of chum salmon, the commissioner, by emergency order, may close

(1) the pink salmon fishing season in Subdistricts 1 - 6 and immediately reopen the season in those subdistricts, during which gillnets must have a mesh size of four and one-half inches or less;

(2) the fishing season in Subdistricts 2 - 6 and immediately reopen the season in those subdistricts to subsistence fishing with any gear that is lawful under this section, except gillnets.

(j) Notwithstanding (a) - (h) of this section, during times when the commissioner determines it is necessary for the conservation of king salmon, the commissioner may, by emergency order, close the fishing season in Subsections 5 and 6 and immediately reopen the season in those subdistricts during which gillnets

(1) must have a mesh size of six inches or less; and

(2) may not exceed the length specified by the commissioner.

History: In effect before 1988; am 4/2/88, Register 105; am 7/16/92, Register 123; am/readopt 5/15/93, Register 126; am 7/3/94, Register 130; am 3/24/95, Register 133; am 6/17/2001, Register 158; am 5/19/2004, Register 170

Authority: AS 16.05.060

AS 16.05.251

AS 16.05.258

Editor's note: At its February 23 - 27, 1993 meeting, the Board of Fisheries readopted 5 AAC 01.170(a) - (f) in their entirety without change, under ch. 1, SSSLA 1992 (the 1992 subsistence law), which repealed and reenacted AS 16.05.258 .


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