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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 1 . Transportation, Possession and Release of Live Fish; Aquatic Farming
Section 420. Lawful gear and gear specifications

5 AAC 01.420. Lawful gear and gear specifications

(a) Salmon may be taken only by seine and gillnet, or with gear specified on a subsistence fishing permit.

(b) Fish other than salmon may be taken by gear specified in 5 AAC 01.010(a) unless restricted under the terms of a subsistence fishing permit.

(c) In waters open to commercial salmon fishing, salmon may be taken only with a set or drift gillnet that does not exceed 50 fathoms in total length.

(d) Except as specified in (a) and (c) of this section, a permit holder may not operate a

(1) set gillnet that is more than 100 fathoms in length; and

(2) drift gillnet that is more than 200 fathoms in length.

(e) A purse seine or hand purse seine may not exceed 250 fathoms in length or 375 meshes in depth. Seine mesh size may not exceed three and one-half inches stretched measure, except that the first 25 meshes above the leadline may not exceed seven inches stretched measure.

(f) A person may not operate subsistence fishing gear within 100 feet of a set gillnet.

(g) Halibut may be taken for subsistence purposes only by a single handheld line with no more than two hooks attached.

History: In effect before 1988; am 6/2/88, Register 106; readopt 5/15/93, Register 126; am 5/31/98, Register 146; am 6/4/2004, Register 170

Authority: 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readopted 5 AAC 01.420 in its entirety without change, under ch. 1, SSSLA 1992 (the 1992 subsistence law), which repealed and reenacted AS 16.05.258 .


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