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(a) A person may use a vessel to take Tanner crab in a Tanner crab registration area and the exclusive economic zone adjacent to the registration area only if the vessel owner, or the owner's agent, has validly registered the vessel with the department for that Tanner crab registration area.
(b) Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, the vessel owner, or the owner's agent, shall validly register each Tanner crab vessel for a Tanner crab registration area before using the vessel to take Tanner crab in that registration area.
(c) The Tanner crab vessel registration year is August 1 - July 31.
(d) The department shall issue a registration certificate to a Tanner crab vessel if the vessel owner, or the owner's agent, completes a registration form available from the local representative of the department, and if the vessel is licensed and otherwise in compliance with AS 16 and this title. The vessel owner, or the owner's agent, shall sign the registration certificate when it is issued and shall keep it on board the vessel and available at all times during fishing operations. The registration certificate must be shown upon request to any peace officer of the state.
(e) In a Tanner crab registration area or district where tank inspections are required, a vessel registration is not valid until the vessel has had a tank inspection. A tank inspection is not complete unless, at the time of inspection, there is on board the vessel the holder of a valid CFEC interim use or limited entry permit, with the permit in possession, for the registration area or district and the Tanner crab species for which the vessel is registered. Successful completion of the inspection validates the vessel's registration for a registration area. If an inspection is not required in a registration area, compliance with (d) of this section validates the registration.
(f) The department may invalidate a vessel registration to permit the vessel to be used to take crab in other Tanner crab registration areas, except that once a vessel has been inspected for a superexclusive registration area, the department may not invalidate a vessel registration in order to permit the vessel to be used to take Tanner crab in another registration area.
(g) A vessel shall be issued an inspection certificate upon successful completion of an inspection required by this chapter or 5 AAC 35.030. An inspection is not complete unless a current registration certificate for the Tanner crab registration area is shown to the local representative of the department conducting the inspection. The vessel owner, or the owner's agent, shall sign the inspection certificate and shall keep it on the vessel and available at all times during fishing operations. The inspection certificate must be shown upon request to any peace officer of the state.
(h) An operator of a Tanner crab vessel validly registered for a superexclusive registration area may not operate any other Tanner crab vessel registered for any other superexclusive registration area in the same registration year.
(i) Unless otherwise specified in this chapter, a vessel validly registered to take Tanner crab in any Tanner crab registration area may not be used to take any other species of crab in any other crab registration area. A vessel may not be validly registered for more than one Tanner crab registration area at a time.
(j) The commissioner may authorize late registration of a replacement Tanner crab vessel in the event of the loss of a vessel registered for a specific Tanner crab registration area. A replacement vessel authorized to register late shall be registered only for the Tanner crab registration area in which the lost vessel was registered. In order to be authorized to register a replacement vessel under this subsection, the vessel owner, or the owner's agent, shall submit written documentation verifying the loss of the vessel. For purposes of this subsection, "loss of a vessel" means that due to sinking or destruction the vessel is incapable of being used to take Tanner crab during the Tanner crab season in the registration area for which the vessel is registered.
(k) A Tanner crab vessel registration is invalid 24 hours after the closure of the season for that Tanner crab registration area.
( l ) If a deadline for a vessel registration for a Tanner crab fishery falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or state holiday, the registration deadline is extended to 5:00 p.m. the next state working day.
History: In effect before 1982; am 7/25/82, Register 83; am 6/30/83, Register 86; am 6/30/84, Register 90; am 12/29/84, Register 92; am 7/12/86, Register 99; am 12/14/86, Register 100; am 7/23/88, Register 107; am 9/19/90, Register 115; am 1/11/92, Register 121; em am 10/30/92 - 2/26/93, Register 124; em am 11/13/92 - 3/12/93, Register 124; am 6/24/93, Register 126; am 9/29/96, Register 139; am 8/24/2002, Register 163
Authority: AS 16.05.251
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