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(a) The purpose of this management plan is to provide for additional harvest opportunities in coordination with other management and allocation plans, maximize quality of the harvest, and to provide management guidelines to the department for a commercial salmon fishery in the General District.
(b) For the purposes of this section, the General District consists of waters of the Bristol Bay Area north and east of a line from a point on Cape Constantine at 58ΓΈ 26.14' N. lat., 158ΓΈ 45.91' W. long. to a point at 58ΓΈ 27.22' N. lat., 158ΓΈ 36.21' W. long., to a point at 58ΓΈ 32.30' N. lat., 158ΓΈ 13.26' W. long., then following the territorial sea boundary line around Etolin Point and continuing along the territorial sea boundary line to the latitude of Cape Menshikof at 57ΓΈ 28.34' N. lat., except those waters within, and those waters draining into, the regular districts described in 5 AAC 06.200.
(c) From approximately June 7 through June 25, the commissioner may open and close, by emergency order, the General District or portions of the General District as necessary to harvest up to 10 percent of the preseason sockeye salmon forecast of the Bristol Bay Area.
(d) Only drift gillnet gear may be used in the General District. Drift gillnet gear used in the General District may not have a mesh size larger than five and one-half inches, and except as allowed in 5 AAC 06.333, may not exceed 150 fathoms in length.
(e) Before operating drift gillnet gear in the General District, a CFEC permit holder shall register under 5 AAC 06.370 in a regular district. No waiting period applies to movement between the General District and the regular district in which a CFEC permit holder is registered. The 48-hour waiting period for transfers between regular districts specified in 5 AAC 06.370 applies. After initiating a transfer to a new regular district by submitting a transfer form to an authorized representative of the department under 5 AAC 06.370(b) , a CFEC permit holder may not operate drift gillnet gear in the General District or any regular district until the 48-hour waiting period under 5 AAC 06.370(b) has expired.
(f) Notwithstanding 5 AAC 06.375, salmon taken in the General District may be landed in the Ugashik, Egegik, Naknek-Kvichak, and Nushagak Districts.
(g) Upon closure of the General District for the season, the catch from the General District shall be attributed to drift gillnets for purposes of the allocation plans in 5 AAC 06.364, 5 AAC 06.365, 5 AAC 06.366, and 5 AAC 06.367. The General District catch applied to a district allocation plan shall be proportional to the registrations for that district.
(h) In this section, "regular district" means one of the five districts described in 5 AAC 06.200.
(i) The provisions of this section do not apply after December 31, 2004.
History: Eff. 6/4/2004, Register 170
Authority: AS 16.05.060
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