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(a) The aggregate length of herring gillnets in use by any herring CFEC permit holder may not exceed 150 fathoms.
(b) The interim-use or entry permit holder must be physically present while the gillnet is being fished.
(c) Each drift gillnet in operation must have a buoy at one end and the opposite end must be attached to the fishing vessel. Each set gillnet in operation must be anchored and buoyed at both ends. All buoys must be at least 10 inches in diameter and all buoys used on an individual gillnet must be of the same color. Each buoy must be plainly and legibly marked with the permanent vessel license plate number (ADF&G number) of the vessel operating the gear. The buoy may bear only a single number, and this number must be that of the vessel used in operating the gear. The number must be painted on the top one-third of the buoy in numerals at least four inches in height, one-half inch in width, and in a color contrasting to that of the buoy. The buoy markings must be visible on the buoy above the water surface. Set gillnets must have a buoy spaced every 25 fathoms along the net and the buoys must be floating on the surface of the water.
(d) Herring gillnets may remain in the water for up to four hours after the announced closing time for any opening of three hours or less fishing time. No herring gillnets may be set or reset after a closure time. Herring gillnets may remain in the water for up to four hours after an emergency order closure if that closure is announced by the department less than three hours before the closure time. No herring gillnet may remain in the water past the 12:00 noon closure on even-numbered days described in 5 AAC 27.510.
(e) From April 1 through July 31, a herring gillnet may not exceed 230 meshes in depth.
History: In effect before 1982; am 4/14/82, Register 82; am 5/11/85, Register 94; am 6/2/88, Register 106; am 3/16/96, Register 137; am 6/15/96, Register 138
Authority: AS 16.05.251
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