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The department may not manage the Yukon River summer chum salmon run to specifically allow an allocation of catch to the Anvik River. It is the intent of the Board of Fisheries that Yukon River summer chum salmon be harvested in the fisheries that have historically harvested them, including the methods, means, times, locations, and guideline harvest levels for the respective districts and subdistricts within the Yukon Area; the following provisions apply to the Anvik River chum salmon fishery:
(1) only after the department projects that an escapement objective of 500,000 or more chum salmon will be achieved may the commissioner open, by emergency order, any portion of the Anvik River, upstream of ADF&G regulatory markers placed on each side of the river at its mouth to the taking of chum salmon;
(2) in the Anvik River, the set gillnet fishery includes fish wheels, hand beach seine gear, and hand purse seine gear; the fish wheel fishery includes set gillnets, hand beach seine gear, and hand purse seine gear; a fish wheel, set gillnet, and hand beach seine gear may be operated only as follows:
(A) only a fish wheel equipped with a livebox may be used and must be operated as follows:
(i) the livebox must be constructed so that it contains no less than 45 cubic feet of water volume while it is in operation;
(ii) for the purpose of this subparagraph a "livebox" is a submerged container attached to the fish wheel that will keep fish caught by the fish wheel alive;
(B) notwithstanding 5 AAC 05.331(a) and (d), a person may operate only a single set gillnet at any one time as follows:
(i) the set gillnet may not exceed 25 fathoms in length and may not be larger than five and one-quarter inch stretch mesh; and
(ii) notwithstanding 5 AAC 39.107(f) , a CFEC permit holder or crew member must be physically present at a set gillnet site at all times the set gillnet is in operation to continuously attend the set gillnet and release all king salmon alive to the water;
(C) for the purpose of this section, a "hand beach seine" is a beach seine that is retrieved by hand power or hand-powered crank and not by any type of electrical, hydraulic, mechanical, or other device or attachment;
(3) notwithstanding (2) of this section, during times when the commissioner determines it to be necessary for the conservation of king salmon, the commissioner, by emergency order, may close the fishing season for the set gillnet fishery and the fish wheel fishery in the Anvik River and immediately reopen the season during which only hand beach seine gear and hand purse seine gear may be used to take fish in those fisheries;
(4) no more than 100,000 pounds of summer chum salmon roe taken from the Anvik River may be sold annually; if this roe cap is reached, fishing effort may continue, but only the sale of chum salmon in-the-round is allowed;
(5) all king salmon taken in the Anvik River during commercial fishing periods must be returned to the water alive;
(6) in the Anvik River, during periods specified by the department, a CFEC permit holder may not sell more than 1,000 chum salmon in-the-round or 700 pounds of chum salmon roe per commercial fishing period.
History: Eff. 7/3/94, Register 130; em am 7/8/94 - 11/4/94, Register 131; am 3/30/95, Register 133; am 3/31/95, Register 133; am 7/12/96, Register 139; am 6/10/98, Register 146
Authority: AS 16.05.060
AS 16.05.940 (14)
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