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(a) The department shall manage the Cook Inlet pink salmon stocks primarily for commercial uses to provide an economic yield from the harvest of these salmon resources based on abundance. The department shall also manage the commercial pink salmon fishery to minimize the harvest of Northern District and Kenai River coho salmon stocks.
(b) If the department determines that the pink salmon stocks are sufficient to conduct a commercial harvest, a commercial fishery may occur as provided in this section.
(c) The commercial pink salmon fishery will be managed as follows:
(1) the commissioner will open, by emergency order, three fishing periods from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. as follows:
(A) the first fishing period will be on the first Monday, Wednesday, or Friday after August 9;
(B) the second fishing period will be on the first Monday, Wednesday, or Friday after the first fishing period; and
(C) the third fishing period will be on the first Monday, Wednesday, or Friday after the second fishing period;
(2) in even-numbered years, after August 10, the commissioner will open, by emergency order, three additional fishing periods;
(3) drift gillnets may not exceed 150 fathoms in length and 45 meshes in depth.
(d) To participate in the commercial pink salmon fishery, a CFEC permit holder must first obtain a pink salmon permit from the department by August 9 at the department office in Soldotna or Homer. The terms of the permit may include reporting requirements, gear restrictions, and any other conditions that the commissioner determines are necessary for the management and conservation of the pink salmon stock; fishing must be conducted in accordance with the terms of the permit.
(e) Repealed 6/11/2005.
History: Eff. 6/22/2002, Register 162; am 6/11/2005, Register 174
Authority: AS 16.05.060
Editor's note: For the purposes of obtaining the pink salmon permit specified in 5 AAC 21.356(d) , the physical location of the department office in Soldotna is 43961 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Suite B, Soldotna, Alaska and the department office in Homer is 3298 Douglas Place, Homer, Alaska.
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