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(a) No person may operate set gillnet gear that exceeds 150 fathoms in length; no person may operate drift gillnet gear that exceeds 50 fathoms in length.
(b) In Districts 1 and 2, salmon may be taken only with gillnets of six-inch or smaller mesh during periods established by emergency order.
(c) In District 3, salmon may be taken only with gillnets of six-inch or smaller mesh during periods established by emergency order.
(d) In District 4, salmon may be taken only with gillnets of six-inch or smaller mesh after a date specified by emergency order.
(e) No gillnet gear may be operated in a manner to obstruct more than one-half the width of any waterway. In the intertidal zone, this restriction applies at all stages of the tide.
(f) Gillnets with greater than six-inch mesh may not be more than 60 meshes in depth. Gillnets with six-inch or smaller mesh may not be more than 70 meshes in depth. Beginning January 1, 1996, this subsection applies only in Districts 4 - 6.
(g) Beginning January 1, 1996, in Districts 1 - 3
(1) gillnets with greater than six-inch mesh may not be more than 45 meshes in depth;
(2) gillnets with six-inch or smaller mesh may not be more than 50 meshes in depth.
(h) Notwithstanding (b) - (d) 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 the fishing season in Districts 1 - 6 and immediately reopen the season during which a person may not take salmon with a gillnet that has a mesh size of less than eight inches.
History: In effect before 1985; am 5/11/85, Register 94; am 4/2/88, Register 105; am 7/16/92, Register 123; am 7/3/94, Register 130; am 3/30/95, Register 133
Authority: AS 16.05.060
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