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Board of Fisheries Amends Rule Defining When a Purse Seine Stops Fishing

On March 10, 2019, the Board of Fisheries approved a change to 5 AAC 39.260 (c) and (j), which define when a purse seine has stopped fishing in response to an ADF&G proposal.  The rule now reads as follows: “(c) A purse seine has stopped fishing when both ends of the seine, excluding skiff tow lines and straps, are attached to the seine vessel.”  Subparagraph (j) was amended by increasing the length of line used to make the attachment to the vessel to “not more than 13 fathoms” instead of “not more than 10 fathoms.”  The amended rule can be found here.

April 2, 2019