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(a) No single herring gillnet may be less than 50 fathoms in length, unless the gillnet is attached to a commercial herring fishing vessel and the gillnet is personally attended by a herring interim-use or entry permit holder. The aggregate length of herring gillnet in use by a herring interim-use or entry permit holder may not exceed 100 fathoms in length. No more than 100 fathoms of herring gillnet and no more than two gillnets may be on board or operated from any commercially licensed herring fishing vessel, except that no more than 50 fathoms and one gillnet may be on board or operated from any vessel taking or attempting to take herring during periods specified by emergency order for the reduced gear length.
(b) Each gillnet in operation must be buoyed at both ends and at least one buoy must be plainly and legibly marked with the permittee's herring interim-use or entry permit number.
(c) A vessel used to take herring or a vessel towed by it may have on board no more than one legal limit of gear in the aggregate, except that it may have on board sufficient unhung gear for mending purposes.
(d) Notwithstanding 5 AAC 27.050(c) , the mesh size of a herring gillnet in the Kuskokwim Area may not exceed three and one-half inches or be less than two and one-half inches.
History: In effect before 1988; am 4/2/88, Register 105; am 5/31/98, Register 146
Authority: AS 16.05.060
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