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(a) The department shall manage the Norton Sound Section summer season red king crab fishery in accordance with 5 AAC 34.080, as follows:
(1) the threshold level of abundance of legal male red king crab biomass is 1.5 million pounds; the Norton Sound red king crab season may open only if analysis of preseason survey data indicates that the population of legal male red king crab exceeds this level;
(2) if the Norton Sound red king crab season is open under (1) of this subsection and the legal male red king crab biomass is less than 2.5 million pounds, the number of legal male red king crab available for harvest will be no more than five percent of the legal male red king crab abundance;
(3) if the Norton Sound red king crab season is open under (1) of this subsection and the legal male red king crab biomass is 2.5 million pounds or more, the number of legal male red king crab available for harvest will be no more than 10 percent of the legal male red king crab abundance;
(4) when applying this harvest strategy, the department shall consider the reliability of the estimates of abundance of red king crab, other factors necessary to be consistent with sustained yield principles, and the best scientific information available.
(b) Notwithstanding 5 AAC 39.690(e) (7), the commissioner may, by emergency order, open a CDQ fishery in Norton Sound, with an allocation of 7.5 percent of the forecasted guideline harvest level for male red king crab, to begin at 12:00 noon June 15, or no less than 72 hours after the commercial beach seine and gillnet herring fishery is closed, whichever is later, through 12:00 noon June 28 (summer season). After July 1, the commissioner may, by emergency order, open a CDQ fishery for the harvest of any remaining allocation after the closure of the commercial red king crab fishery.
History: In effect before 1982; am 7/25/82, Register 83; am 6/30/83, Register 86; am 7/23/88, Register 107; am 6/23/99, Register 150; am 8/24/2002, Register 163
Authority: AS 16.05.251
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