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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 28 . Transportation, Possession and Release of Live Fish; Aquatic Farming
Section 230. Lawful gear for Prince William Sound Area

5 AAC 28.230. Lawful gear for Prince William Sound Area

(a) Repealed 4/7/93.

(b) Groundfish taken incidentally by drift gillnet gear operated for salmon consistent with applicable state laws and regulations are legally taken and possessed.

(c) A groundfish pot may not be attached to a line connected to another groundfish pot.

(d) At least one buoy on each groundfish pot must be legibly marked with the permanent ADF&G vessel license plate number of the vessel operating the gear. The buoy may bear only a single number - that of the vessel operating the gear. The number must be placed on the top one-third of the buoy in numerals at least four inches high, one-half inch wide, and in a color that contrasts with the color of the buoy. The buoy markings must be visible on the buoy above the water surface when the buoy is attached to the groundfish pot.

(e) Repealed 4/4/97.

(f) Non-pelagic trawl gear may not be used to take groundfish, except sablefish, in the Prince William Sound Area.

(g) Notwithstanding (f) of this section, a person operating a vessel that is validly registered to fish for shrimp with trawls may retain a bycatch limit of groundfish taken during the shrimp fishing season. The bycatch limit that may be retained under this subsection may not exceed 10 percent of the gross weight of the shrimp landed.

(h) In the Prince William Sound Area, a mechanical jigging machine used to take groundfish must have

(1) no more than five lines with no more than 30 hooks per line; or

(2) a single continuous line with no more than 150 hooks.

History: Eff. 7/30/89, Register 111; am 4/7/93, Register 126; am 5/22/94, Register 130; am 4/4/97, Register 142; am 5/31/98, Register 146; am 7/5/2000, Register 155

Authority: AS 16.05.251

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