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(a) Notwithstanding the provisions of 5 AAC 28.001 - 5 AAC 28.732, in managing the parallel groundfish fisheries, the commissioner may open and close, by emergency order, fishing seasons during which area closures, gear restrictions, vessel size limits, and monitoring and enforcement requirements may be imposed to match federal fishery management measures for protecting Steller sea lions.
(b) Notwithstanding (a) of this section, during a parallel season for Pacific cod
(1) in the Kodiak Area, the waters within three nautical miles of the Steller sea lion haul out at Cape Barnabas (57ΓΈ 10.20' N. lat., 152ΓΈ 53.05' W. long.) shall be open to pot and mechanical jigging machine gear; and
(2) in the South Alaska Peninsula Area, the waters within three nautical miles of the Steller sea lion haul out at Caton Island (54ΓΈ 22.70' N. lat., 162ΓΈ 21.30' W. long.) shall be open to pot and mechanical jigging machine gear.
(c) In state waters west of 144ΓΈ W. long., a vessel participating in a parallel groundfish fishery must have on board the vessel an activated vessel monitoring system (VMS) approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service. A vessel using only jig gear (mechanical jigging machines or hand troll gear) is not required to have a VMS on board the vessel.
(d) For the purposes of this section, "parallel groundfish fisheries" means the Pacific cod, walleye pollock, and Atka mackerel fisheries in state waters opened by the commissioner, under emergency order authority, to correspond with the times, area, and unless otherwise specified, the gear of the federal season in adjacent federal waters.
(e) Repealed 12/29/2002.
History: Eff. 1/3/2002, Register 161; am 8/18/2002, Register 163; am 12/29/2002, Register 164
Authority: AS 16.05.060
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