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(a) From March 1 through June 30, herring may be taken only by purse seines and gillnets.
(b) For the wild herring spawn-on-kelp (not in pounds) fishery, herring spawn on kelp may be taken by hand cutting as specified in 5 AAC 27.333.
(c) Repealed 9/17/94.
(d) A pound for the herring spawn-on-kelp pound fishery may be either a closed pound or an open pound.
(1) a closed pound consists of a single, floating, rectangular frame structure, with webbing and suspended kelp, that is used to enclose herring for a period of time in order to produce spawn on kelp; the opening of a closed pound at the water surface may not exceed 2,000 square feet in area; neither the sewn vertical wall nor the near-vertical wall of a closed pound may exceed a depth of 30 feet below the water surface when the pound contains herring; webbing of a closed pound may not be part of the webbing of another pound structure; to prevent suffocation of impounded herring, a closed pound must include a minimum of five feet of surplus webbing gathered at the surface that may be lowered into the water when submerged webbing becomes saturated with eggs;
(2) an open pound consists of a single, floating, rectangular frame structure with suspended kelp and no webbing that is used for the production of spawn on kelp, or is a closed pound as described in (1) of this subsection with all webbing, on at least one side of the pound, not less than one fathom below the water surface.
History: In effect before 1984; am 4/28/84, Register 90; am 5/11/85, Register 94; am 9/17/94, Register 131; am 4/6/97, Register 142
Authority: AS 16.05.251
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