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Title 5 . Fish and Game
Chapter 77 . Personal Use Fishery
Section 664. Personal use king crab fishery

5 AAC 77.664. Personal use king crab fishery

(a) Except as provided in (b) and (c) of this section, in the personal use taking of king crab,

(1) the daily bag and possession limit is six male crab per person;

(2) in waters east of the longitude of Cape Spencer (136ΓΈ 39.50' W. long.),

(A) red and blue king crab may be taken only from July 1 through March 31 and there is no closed season for golden king crab;

(B) only male red and golden king crab seven inches and male blue king crab six and one-half inches or larger in width of shell may be taken or possessed;

(3) in waters west of Cape Spencer (136ΓΈ 39.50' W. long.), there is no closed season;

(4) notwithstanding 5 AAC 77.010(i) , no more than four pots per vessel may be used to take king crab.

(b) In the waters described in 5 AAC 33.200 as Sections 12-B, 15-B, and 15-C, in the personal use taking of king crab,

(1) red and blue king crab may be taken only from July 1 through March 31, and there is no closed season for golden king crab;

(2) the daily bag and possession limits are three male crab per person;

(3) only male red and golden king crab seven inches or larger in width of shell and male blue king crab six and one-half inches or larger in width of shell may be taken or possessed;

(4) notwithstanding 5 AAC 77.010(i) , no more than a maximum of four pots per vessel may be used to take king crab.

(c) In the waters described in 5 AAC 33.200 as Section 11-A, in the personal use taking of king crab,

(1) red and blue king crab may be taken only from July 1 through March 31, and there is no closed season for golden king crab;

(2) the daily bag and possession limits are three male king crab per person;

(3) only male red and golden king crab seven inches or larger in width of shell, and male blue king crab six and one-half inches or larger in width of shell may be taken or possessed;

(4) notwithstanding 5 AAC 77.010(i) , no more than four pots per vessel may be used to take king crab;

(5) red and blue king crab may be taken only under the authority of a permit issued under 5 AAC 77.015;

(6) as provided in 5 AAC 34.111, the commissioner may close and immediately reopen, by emergency order, a personal use red and blue king crab season in which there is bag, possession, and pot limits, and a seasonal limit for king crab.

(d) Male king crab less than the minimum legal size and female king crab that have been taken must be immediately returned unharmed to the sea.

(e) A person may not utilize a live holding facility to accumulate or pool multiple bag limits.

(f) Beginning July 1, 2006, a pot used to take king crab under this chapter must have at least two escape rings on opposing vertical or sloping sides of the pot. Each escape ring must not be less than six and one-quarter inches inside diameter.

History: Eff. 7/1/86, Register 99; am 7/1/95, Register 134; am 7/1/96, Register 138; am 8/8/99, Register 151; am 3/11/2001, Register 157; am 8/24/2002, Register 163; am 8/14/2005, Register 175

Authority: AS 16.05.251


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