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(a) The purpose of the management plan under this section is to meet the Board of Fisheries' goal of stabilizing the sport harvest of king salmon in the salt waters of the Kodiak Area.
(b) In the Kodiak Area salt water king salmon sport fishery,
(1) the guideline harvest level is 8,000 king salmon;
(2) the sport harvest will be estimated annually by the department's statewide harvest survey;
(3) king salmon taken in Monashka Bay will not count towards the guideline harvest level established in (1) of this subsection;
(4) the bag and possession limit for king salmon is two fish, with no size limit;
(c) If the guideline harvest level is exceeded, the board will consider restrictions that may be necessary to avoid exceeding the guideline harvest level at a regularly scheduled meeting for the Kodiak Area. If the board finds that restrictions are necessary, the board will adopt one or more of the following restrictions in the following order:
(1) reduce the nonresident bag and possession limit for king salmon in salt waters to one fish;
(2) prohibit a sport fishing guide from taking a king salmon while a client is present or is within the guide's control or responsibility;
(3) allow only king salmon 28 inches or greater in length to be retained;
(4) reduce the resident bag and possession limit for king salmon in salt waters to one fish.
History: Eff. 12/29/2002, Register 164; am 2/10/2005, Register 173
Authority: AS 16.05.251
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