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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 27 . Transportation, Possession and Release of Live Fish; Aquatic Farming
Section 831. Gillnet specifications and operations for Bristol Bay Area

5 AAC 27.831. Gillnet specifications and operations for Bristol Bay Area

(a) No single herring gillnet may exceed 50 fathoms in length, and the aggregate length of gillnets in use by a CFEC herring interim-use or limited entry permit holder may not exceed 50 fathoms.

(b) No more than 50 fathoms of herring gillnet may be operated from any herring fishing vessel.

(c) Each gillnet in operation must be buoyed at both ends. At least one buoy at each end of the net and at least one cork every 10 fathoms along the cork line must be plainly and legibly marked with the operator's five-digit CFEC permit serial number and the permanent vessel license plate (ADF&G) number of the vessel from which the gillnet is operated.

(d) Repealed 5/31/98.

(e) The commissioner may establish, by emergency order, fishing periods during which no single herring gillnet may exceed 100 fathoms in length and no more than 100 fathoms of herring gillnet may be operated from any herring fishing vessel.

(f) During an open herring fishing period, a vessel registered for herring net fishing may not have on board it, or have on board a vessel towed by it, more than 100 fathoms of herring gillnet gear in the aggregate. Any gillnet gear in excess of the legal limit under (b) of this section must be marked as specified in (c) of this section and sacked or bagged. The sack or bag must totally contain the net and must be securely closed.

(g) Repealed 5/31/98.

(h) Repealed 5/31/98.

(i) Notwithstanding 5 AAC 27.050(c) , the mesh size of a herring gillnet may not be less than two and one-half inches and may not exceed four inches.

History: In effect before 1982; am 4/14/82, Register 82; am 5/11/85, Register 94; am 4/7/90, Register 114; am 5/2/92, Register 122; am 4/9/95, Register 134; am 5/14/98, Register 146; am 5/31/98, Register 146

Authority: AS 16.05.060

AS 16.05.251

Editor's note: As of Register 146, July 1998, the substance of former 5 AAC 27.831(d), (g), and (h) appear in 5 AAC 27.832.


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