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(a) If a subsistence fishing permit is required by this chapter, the following conditions apply unless otherwise specified by the subsistence fishing regulations this chapter:
(1) the numbers of shellfish taken for subsistence use may not exceed the limits set out in the permit;
(2) permits must be obtained from a local representative of the department prior to subsistence fishing;
(3) permits must be retained in the possession of the permittee and be readily available for inspection while taking or transporting the species for which the permit is issued;
(4) the permit may designate the species and numbers of shellfish to be harvested, time and area of fishing, the type and amount of fishing gear and other conditions necessary for management or conservation purposes;
(5) if specified on the permit, each subsistence fisherman shall keep accurate daily records of the catch involved, showing the number of shellfish taken by species, location and date of the catch and such other information as the department may require for management or conservation purposes;
(6) subsistence fishing reports must be completed on forms provided by the department and submitted to the department office from which the permit was issued at a time specified by the department for each particular area and fishery;
(7) if applicable, the total annual possession limit for the permittee must be entered on each permit by the local representative of the department issuing the permit; if applicable, the local representative of the department issuing the permit shall require from an applicant documented proof of residency, income or other criteria required by regulation, or in the absence of such documentation, a signed affidavit setting forth duration of residency, income or other criteria required by regulation, to determine the applicable annual possession limit and residency of the applicant.
(b) If the return of catch information necessary for management and conservation purposes is required by a subsistence fishing permit, a permittee who fails to comply with such reporting requirements is ineligible to receive a subsistence permit for that activity during the following calendar year, unless the permit applicant demonstrates to the department that failure to report was due to loss in the mail, accident, sickness or other unavoidable circumstances.
History: In effect before 1988; readopt 5/15/93, Register 126
Authority: AS 16.05.251
Editor's note: At its February 23 - 27, 1993 meeting, the Board of Fisheries readopted 5 AAC 02.015 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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