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(a) Each drift gillnet in operation must have a bright red keg or buoy at one end plainly and legibly marked with the permanent vessel license plate (ADF&G) number of the vessel operating the gear and the initials of the operator.
(b) Markers described in 5 AAC 39.280(a) are not required for set gillnets.
(c) Buoy identification requirements for set gillnets in the Upper Subdistrict of the Central District are as follows:
(1) each set gillnet must have an identification tag issued by the department; the tag must be placed on a "trailer" buoy attached to the set gillnet; the tags will be issued before each fishing season and will be sequentially numbered and colored for each year;
(2) not more than three tags will be issued to a permit holder operating set gillnets 35 fathoms in length; not more than four tags will be issued to a permit holder operating set gillnets less than 30 fathoms in length;
(3) tags lost during the season may be replaced if the permit holder submits a sworn statement or affidavit describing how the tags were lost and listing the numbers of the lost tags; replacement tag numbers will be preceded by the letter "R";
(4) buoy sticker identification tags and replacement tags are available at the ADF&G office in Soldotna from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. only;
(5) the permit holder must obtain new tags before each fishing season;
(6) repealed 4/7/93;
(7) a CFEC permit holder may register with the department to fish in a group with other CFEC permit holders at the time the permit holders purchase buoy stickers; all permit holders in the group shall register at the same time and place; any trailer buoy with a buoy sticker attached registered to that group may be attached to any CFEC permit holder's set gillnet that is also registered to that group to comply with the identification requirements under (1) of this subsection.
History: In effect before 1988; em am 4/30/91 - 5/30/91, Register 118 [not printed]; am 7/21/91, Register 119; am 4/7/93, Register 126; am 5/14/97, Register 142; am 6/13/99, Register 150
Authority: AS 16.05.251
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