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(a) In the Southeast District, a vessel fishing for
(1) halibut with longline gear may not land or have on board lingcod in excess of five percent, by round weight, of all halibut on board the vessel;
(2) sablefish may not land or have on board lingcod, except as specified in (3) of this subsection;
(3) halibut and sablefish at the same time may not land or have on board lingcod in excess of five percent, by round weight, of all halibut on board the vessel.
(b) In the Southeast District, a vessel fishing with longline gear may not land or have on board lingcod in excess of 35 percent, by round weight, of all target species taken in the directed fishery that are on board the vessel.
(c) In the Eastern Gulf of Alaska Area, a vessel using trawl gear may not land or have on board lingcod.
(d) Repealed 6/15/97.
(e) All lingcod retained must measure at least 27 inches from the tip of the snout to the tip of the tail, or 20.5 inches from the front of the dorsal fin to the tip of the tail. Undersized lingcod must be returned to the water immediately without further harm.
(f) In a directed lingcod fishery, if the commissioner determines that a trip limit will contribute to conservation or promote an orderly fishery, the commissioner may close, by emergency order, the directed lingcod fishery and reopen the fishery during which a trip limit is in effect.
(g) If the commissioner determines it necessary for biological sampling purposes, the commissioner may close, by emergency order, a fishing season for lingcod and immediately reopen the season with a requirement that all lingcod be delivered with the head on and with the vent and the external area one inch forward of the vent unmutilated, as evidence of gender.
History: Eff. 4/15/94, Register 130; am 6/15/97, Register 142; am 5/31/98, Register 146; am 6/14/2000, Register 154; am 12/30/2000, Register 156
Authority: AS 16.05.060
Editor's note: Before Register 130, 4/15/94, the substance of 5 AAC 28.173 was contained in 5 AAC 28.170. The history note for 5 AAC 28.173 does not reflect the history of the provision before Register 130, 4/15/94.
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