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(a) Unless otherwise provided or restricted by specific groundfish regulations in this chapter, groundfish may be taken only by trawls, hand troll gear, seines, mechanical jigging machines, dinglebar troll gear, longlines, or pots, except that
(2) repealed 5/31/98.
(b) All commercial longline or skate gear buoys, or kegs and buoys for groundfish pots, must be marked with the permanent ADF&G vessel license plate number of the vessel operating the gear.
(c) Repealed 5/31/98.
(d) Repealed 6/15/95.
(e) A groundfish pot is a pot with individual tunnel eye openings with perimeters 36 inches or less.
(f) Pot or buoy identification requirements for groundfish pots are as follows:
(1) in a registration area or a portion of a registration area where a groundfish pot limit is in effect, each groundfish pot must have one identification tag issued by the department placed on the main buoy or on the trailer buoy if more than one buoy is attached to the pot; the main or trailer buoy may not display more than one tag issued under this subsection, and that tag must be the one that was issued for the year that the fishery is occurring;
(2) identification tags are issued before each fishing season, are uniquely numbered for each registration year, and will be issued at the time of vessel registration for that vessel only; the vessel owner, or the owner's agent, shall apply for identification tags at a department office designated to issue the tags; replacement of tags lost during the season is permitted if the vessel operator submits a sworn statement or affidavit, by mail, facsimile, or in person, to a department office designated to issue tags, describing how the tags were lost and listing the numbers of the lost tags; tags shall be renewed annually before each fishing season.
History: Eff. 7/30/89, Register 111; am 5/2/92, Register 122; am 9/22/93, Register 127; am 6/15/95, Register 134; am 4/4/97, Register 142; am 5/31/98, Register 146; am 5/19/2001, Register 158
Authority: AS 16.05.251
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