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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 27 . Transportation, Possession and Release of Live Fish; Aquatic Farming
Section 60. Bering Sea Herring Fishery Management Plan

5 AAC 27.060. Bering Sea Herring Fishery Management Plan

(a) The department shall follow the directives of the Bering Sea Herring Management Plan, as well as the regulations that govern the individual herring fisheries, when managing the commercial herring fisheries that take place in the Bering Sea.

(b) Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, the department shall manage the fisheries so that the exploitation rate on eastern Bering Sea herring stocks does not exceed 20 percent of the biomass of those stocks.

(c) The following thresholds are minimum biomass levels for each herring fishing district. When the department estimates, in season, that the biomass in a district is below its threshold, the department may not allow a commercial harvest of herring in that district.

District Thresholds (s.t.) Port Moller ............................................................1,000 Togiak ................................................................35,000 Security Cove ..........................................................1,200 Goodnews Bay ...........................................................1,200 Cape Avinof ..............................................................500 Nelson Island ..........................................................3,000 Nunivak Island .........................................................1,500 Cape Romanzof ..........................................................1,500 Norton Sound ...........................................................7,000

(d) The department shall manage the herring food and bait fishery that takes place in the Unimak, Akutan, and Unalaska Districts and that portion of the Umnak District east of Samalga Pass (Dutch Harbor fishery) so that it is allocated seven percent of the allowable Togiak District herring sac roe harvest determined under the provisions of the Bristol Bay Herring Management Plan (5 AAC 27.865) .

(e) Repealed 4/7/90.

(f) Repealed 4/7/90.

(g) When the Togiak District is below its threshold, the Dutch Harbor fishery must be closed for that season.

(h) When any of the southwest Alaska herring stocks, from Security Cove to Port Clarence, is below its threshold identified in (c) of this section, the department shall close the Dutch Harbor food and bait herring fishery for that season. For the purpose of determining the need for this closure, the threshold level for the Nelson Island herring stock is 2,000 short tons. If the department determines it necessary to close the Dutch Harbor food and bait herring fishery under this subsection, the department shall not reallocate the herring harvest set for the Dutch Harbor food and bait herring fishery under 5 AAC 27.865(b) (7) to the Togiak sac roe herring fishery.

History: Eff. 4/2/88, Register 105; am 4/7/90, Register 114; am 4/2/92, Register 122; am 4/9/92, Register 122; am 6/15/95, Register 134

Authority: AS 16.05.060

AS 16.05.251

AS 16.05.258


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