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(a) The purpose of this management plan is to establish the allocation of sockeye salmon between the commercial set and drift gillnet fisheries within the Egegik District and to establish management measures for the department to achieve the allocation.
(b) Consistent with 5 AAC 06.355 and other applicable provisions of this chapter, the department shall manage the Egegik District set and drift gillnet fisheries during the fishing periods specified in 5 AAC 06.320(c) (1) to achieve biological escapement goals into the Egegik River and to distribute the harvestable surplus of sockeye salmon to the drift and set gillnet fisheries as follows:
(1) drift gillnet - 86 percent; and
(2) set gillnet - 14 percent.
(c) For the purpose of calculating the set and drift gillnet allocation percentages specified in (b) of this section, the accounting period is from June 1 through 9:00 a.m. July 17.
(d) To achieve the allocations specified in (b) of this section, consistent with the management principles of 5 AAC 06.355 and other applicable provisions of this chapter, the commissioner
(1) may establish, by emergency order, set and drift gillnet open fishing periods; set and drift gillnet fishing periods may be established at different times to obtain the set and drift gillnet sockeye salmon allocations specified in (b) of this section or at other times consistent with 5 AAC 06.355;
(2) may use short open commercial fishing periods so that all user groups have the opportunity to harvest fish;
(3) may adjust fishing periods in order to rotate the fishery between tides;
(4) address changing conditions using publicized short notice openings.
(e) From June 1 through July 1, only gillnets with a mesh size five and one-half inches or less may be used in the Egegik District.
(f) In the drift gillnet fishery, the department shall manage, to the extent practicable, the Egegik District to minimize fishing with drift gillnet gear during the ebb tide.
(g) In the set gillnet fishery, the department shall manage, to the extent practicable, the Egegik District to avoid continuous fishing with set gillnet gear.
History: Eff. 6/10/90, Register 114; am 3/1/92, Register 122; am 6/19/92, Register 122; am 5/14/98, Register 146; am 6/3/2001, Register 158
Authority: AS 16.05.060
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