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    Several years ago, I built a tanner pot that is 4x4x3 rectangle. When the North Gulf Coast was open for crab, I set it a few times and only caught a couple here and there. But, that pot caught codfish, and a bunch of them. I want to set it again to get some fresh p-cod. Does anyone know if it's OK to operate a fish pot for cod non-commercially?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenaiFly View Post
    Several years ago, I built a tanner pot that is 4x4x3 rectangle. When the North Gulf Coast was open for crab, I set it a few times and only caught a couple here and there. But, that pot caught codfish, and a bunch of them. I want to set it again to get some fresh p-cod. Does anyone know if it's OK to operate a fish pot for cod non-commercially?
    I'm not 100% sure but i think its a no no. Call the fish cops and see what they tell ya.

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    If you have a SHARC card, you can go set a skate on the P Cod grounds and keep as many as you want. I've never heard of anyone setting pot gear for P cod for sport/subsistence use before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by potbuilder View Post
    I'm not 100% sure but i think its a no no. Call the fish cops and see what they tell ya.
    I'm thinking the same Steve. I'm sure a call to ADF&G is in order.
    I only caught 2 cod in my crab pots. They always seemed to be full of legal sized crab though. Including the pots that had the cod in them.
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    Since rod & reel and underwater spears are the only methods and means for sportfishing in saltwater , I would say it's not OK to operate a fish pot for cod non-commercially. As mentioned, I would call ADF&G.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishGod View Post
    Since rod & reel and underwater spears are the only methods and means for sportfishing in saltwater , I would say it's not OK to operate a fish pot for cod non-commercially. As mentioned, I would call ADF&G.
    They must use the word "finfish", because it is OK to sportfish for shrimp with a pot.

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    Might want to check subsistence regs for that area. With all the cod that show up in tanner pots, I don't recall anyone ever being busted for bringing some home. Might have to fall within time/area/gear restrictions for crab, but if open you might be golden.

    Clearly the web is for hiny scratching and head swelling, but a call to ADF&G/FWP would give you answers that at least have a chance to stand up in court.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KenaiFly View Post
    They must use the word "finfish", because it is OK to sportfish for shrimp with a pot.
    Don't be confused by the term sport fish. The PWS shrimp fishery falls under sport fish, personal use, or subsistence depending on how the individual uses it. If a nonresident wishes to engage in the PWS shrimp fishery they would have to do so under "sport fish" since they do not qualify under personal use or subsistence. To qualify under "sport fish" you just need the permit and a sport fishing license. For residents who wish to shrimp under "subsistence" they just need the permit. A sport fish license is not required in addition to the permit.
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