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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 21 . Transportation, Possession and Release of Live Fish; Aquatic Farming
Section 331. Gillnet specifications and operations

5 AAC 21.331. Gillnet specifications and operations

(a) No person may operate a set gillnet that has not been intentionally set, staked, anchored or otherwise fixed, and no person may operate a drift gillnet that has been intentionally set, staked, anchored or otherwise fixed.

(b) The maximum mesh size for gillnets is six inches.

(c) A drift gillnet may not be more than 150 fathoms in length and 45 meshes in depth. No person may operate more than one drift gillnet.

(d) A set gillnet may not be more than 35 fathoms in length and 45 meshes in depth. South of the latitude of Anchor Point, 30 fathoms of seine webbing may be used on the shore between high and low water levels. A person may not operate more than four set gillnets with more than 105 fathoms of set gillnet in the aggregate, except that

(1) on Fire Island a person may operate more than four set gillnets, but the aggregate length of the nets may not exceed 105 fathoms;

(2) repealed 6/11/2005.

(e) Set gillnets shall be operated in substantially a straight line. No more than 20 yards of each set gillnet may be used as a single hook.

(f) Repealed 3/8/74.

(g) Repealed 4/2/88.

(h) Notwithstanding 5 AAC 39.250(c) , in the Cook Inlet Area, the commissioner may close, by emergency order, a fishing season and immediately reopen a season during which a person may use up to 50 fathoms of monofilament mesh web in a drift gillnet or up to 35 fathoms of monofilament mesh web in a set gillnet. Before a person uses monofilament mesh web under this subsection, that person must register with the department. If, after opening a season under this subsection to allow the use of monofilament mesh web, the commissioner determines there is adverse effects from using monofilament mesh web, the commissioner may close, by emergency order, the fishing season where the use of monofilament mesh web is allowed. For the purposes of this subsection, "monofilament mesh web" means any single filament mesh web. The provisions in this subsection do not apply after December 31, 2007.

History: In effect before 1987; am 3/29/87, Register 101; am 4/2/88, Register 105; em am 4/30/91 - 5/30/91, Register 118 [not printed]; am 7/21/91, Register 119; am 4/22/99, Register 150; am 5/18/2000, Register 154; am 6/11/2005, Register 174

Authority: AS 16.05.251


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