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- Alaska Statutes.
- Title 16. Fish and Game
- Chapter 43. Regulation of Entry Into Alaska Commercial Fisheries
- Section 460. Initial Issuance of Vessel Permits.
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. Vessel Permit System.
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. Optimum Number Range of Vessel Permits.
AS 16.43.460. Initial Issuance of Vessel Permits.
- (a) For each fishery in which the commission establishes a vessel permit system under AS 16.43.450
, the commission shall establish qualifications for vessel interim-use permits and vessel entry permits. The
qualifications may include a qualification date, eligibility period, recent and past participation requirements,
minimum requirements for the nature and degree of ownership interest that a permit holder must have in a vessel in
order to receive a vessel permit for the vessel, and criteria for receiving transferable and nontransferable vessel
entry permits. In adopting qualifications for transferable and nontransferable vessel entry permits, the commission
- (1) information provided by the Department of Fish and Game, participants in the fishery, owners of vessels and gear used
in the fishery, and other interested parties;
- (2) the level of recent and past participation and harvest in the fishery, the nature of the fishery, and the need to
ensure the manageability of the fishery and conservation of the fishery resource.
- (b) If the commission establishes a vessel permit system under AS 16.43.450 for a fishery that was subject
to a moratorium on entry of new vessels under former AS 16.43.901
or former 16.43.906, the commission shall incorporate some
or all of the vessel eligibility criteria established for the moratorium into the eligibility criteria for vessel
permits issued under the vessel permit system.
- (c) Pending the issuance of vessel entry permits for a fishery for which the commission has established a vessel permit
system under AS 16.43.450, the commission shall issue
a vessel interim-use permit to the owner of each vessel that the commission finds is potentially eligible to receive a
vessel entry permit. A vessel interim-use permit is renewable from year to year; however, a vessel interim-use permit
expires at the end of the period for which the permit was issued and may not be renewed after a final determination by
the commission that the vessel is or is not eligible for a vessel entry permit.
- (d) The commission shall issue vessel entry permits for a fishery, subject to conditions established by the commission
under AS 16.43.450
- 16.43.520, to the owner of each vessel that the
commission finds is eligible to receive a vessel entry permit for that fishery.
- (e) The commission shall adopt regulations regarding
- (1) the determination of which person or entity is eligible to receive a vessel interim-use permit or a vessel entry
permit for a vessel in the event of competing claims to ownership of the vessel;
- (2) the substitution of another vessel by the applicant for a vessel interim-use permit or a vessel entry permit if the
vessel or vessels used to establish eligibility for a vessel entry permit are lost, or are retired from the fishery by
the vessel owner, before the initial issuance of a vessel entry permit for the vessel.
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