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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 30 . Transportation, Possession and Release of Live Fish; Aquatic Farming
Section 365. Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and Lost River King Salmon Fisheries Management Plan

5 AAC 30.365. Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and Lost River King Salmon Fisheries Management Plan

(a) The purpose of the management plan in this section is to provide for the biological escapement goal requirements of spawning king salmon to the Situk-Ahrnklin River systems. This management plan provides guidelines to the department in an effort to preclude allocation conflicts between the various user groups of the king salmon resource. Action points and associated ranges within the plan are intended to be based on the current king salmon escapement goal ranges for the Situk River system.

(b) The biological escapement goal for the Situk River king salmon is 730 three ocean age and older fish, with a range of 450 - 1,050 fish.

(c) The department shall manage the commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries as follows:

(1) if the projected inriver run of king salmon to the Situk River weir is less than 350 three ocean age and older fish, the commissioner shall close, by emergency order, the king salmon

(A) sport fishery in the Situk River;

(B) subsistence, personal use, and commercial set gillnet fisheries in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and Lost River; and

(C) commercial troll fishery in the waters of Alaska bounded on the west by the seaward limit of the three-nautical-mile territorial sea and on the north by a line extending seaward from 59ΓΈ 29.70' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 44.00' W. long. and intersecting the three-nautical-mile limit at 59ΓΈ 27.77' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 49.28' W. long. and on the south by a line extending seaward from 59ΓΈ 20.30' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 16.50' W. long. and intersecting the three-nautical-mile limit at 59ΓΈ 18.25' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 21.94' W. long.;

(2) if the projected inriver run of king salmon to the Situk River weir is 350 - 450 three ocean age or older fish the commissioner

(A) shall, by emergency order, close the sport fishery for king salmon in the Situk River; and

(B) may, by emergency order, implement one or more of the following management measures for conservation purposes:

(i) establish a "non-sale" king salmon season in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and Lost River set gillnet fisheries;

(ii) close the commercial salmon troll fishery in the waters of Alaska bounded on the west by the three-nautical-mile limit and on the north by a line extending seaward from 59ΓΈ 29.70' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 44.00' W. long. and intersecting the three-nautical-mile limit at 59ΓΈ 27.77' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 49.28' W. long. and on the south by a line extending seaward from 59ΓΈ 20.30' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 16.50' W. long. and intersecting the three-nautical-mile limit at 59ΓΈ 18.25' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 21.94' W. long.;

(iii) restrict the weekly fishing periods in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and Lost River set gillnet fisheries;

(3) if the projected inriver run of king salmon to the Situk weir is 451 - 730 three ocean age or older fish, the commissioner shall, by emergency order, implement one or more of the following management measures for conservation purposes:

(A) establish a "non-sale" king salmon season in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and Lost River set gillnet fisheries;

(B) close the commercial salmon troll fishery in the waters of Alaska bounded on the west by the three-nautical-mile limit and on the north by a line extending seaward from 59ΓΈ 29.70' N. lat., l39ΓΈ 44.00' W. long. and intersecting with the three-nautical-mile limit at 59ΓΈ 27.77' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 49.28' W. long. and on the south by a line extending seaward from 59ΓΈ 20.30' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 16.50' W. long. and intersecting the three-nautical-mile limit at 59ΓΈ 18.25' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 21.94' W. long.;

(C) restrict the weekly fishing periods in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and Lost River set gillnet fisheries; and

(D) restrict the sport harvest of king salmon in the Situk River by implementing one or more of the following management measures:

(i) close portions of the Situk River to sport fishing for king salmon;

(ii) establish a catch and release sport fishery only for king salmon 28 inches or greater in length;

(4) if the projected inriver run of king salmon to the Situk River weir is greater than 730 three ocean age and older fish but less than 1,050 fish, the department shall,

(A) manage the commercial set gillnet fisheries in the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet and Lost River based on the sockeye salmon run strength;

(B) manage the commercial salmon troll fishery as specified in 5 AAC 29.100 in the waters of Alaska bounded on the west by the three-nautical-mile limit and on the north by a line extending seaward from 59ΓΈ 29.70' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 44.00' W. long. and intersecting the three-nautical-mile limit at 59ΓΈ 27.77' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 49.28' W. long. and on the south by a line extending seaward from 59ΓΈ 20.30' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 16.50' W. long. and intersecting the three-nautical-mile limit at 59ΓΈ 18.25' N. lat., 139ΓΈ 21.94' W. long.;

(5) if the projected inriver run of king salmon to the Situk River weir is greater than 1,050 three ocean age and older fish, the department shall manage the commercial, sport, and subsistence fisheries as necessary to harvest large king salmon in excess of the biological escapement goal range; to achieve this goal the commissioner may, by emergency order, implement one or more of the following management measures:

(A) liberalize seasons, areas, and method and means in the Situk River under 5 AAC 75.003(2) (A);

(B) increase the bag and possession limits for king salmon 28 inches or greater in length, to three fish per day and six in possession, with no annual limit.

History: Eff. 4/30/91, Register 118; am 4/23/94, Register 130; am 6/14/2000, Register 154; am 7/26/2003, Register 167

Authority: AS 16.05.251


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