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(a) During an open herring fishing season in a registration area, herring may only be taken by seines, gillnets, trawls, or pounds as specified in 5 AAC 27.100 - 5 AAC 27.990. In areas in which legal gear is not specified in 5 AAC 27.100 - 5 AAC 27.990 for use during an open herring fishing season, herring may be taken by legal types of gear specified in 5 AAC 39.105(d) .
(b) No net or other obstruction may be placed across the entrance to any lagoon or bay that may prevent the free passage of herring.
(c) Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, the mesh size of a herring gillnet may not be less than two and one-eighth inches or more than two and one-half inches.
(d) Gillnets may be fished with the float line and floats below the surface of the water.
(e) A person may not use a gillnet to take herring at the same time that the person is using a purse seine, hand purse seine, or beach seine to take herring.
(f) A purse seine and a hand purse seine have stopped fishing when both ends of the seine are attached to the fishing vessel. A beach seine has stopped fishing when both ends of the seine are on the beach above the water line or when all of the lead line is removed from the water.
History: In effect before 1982; am 4/12/82, Register 82; am 4/28/84, Register 90; am 5/11/85, Register 94; am 3/29/87, Register 101; am 4/7/90, Register 114; am 3/30/95, Register 133; am 4/9/95, Register 134; am 5/31/98, Register 146
Authority: AS 16.05.251
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