Received the following info from an ADF&G website and had some questions/clarifications:
1) Is the State of AK Business License ($50) required for COMFish Shrimping, like it is for Sport Fish Charters? NOT REQUIRED
2) Please confirm my understanding that the skipper/owner of the vessel that purchases the ADF&G Vessel (Triangle) License (and is doing the shrimping) does NOT need a separate Crewmember License ($60). However, any other deckhands or buddies assisting in the shrimp take or vessel operation must have the separate Crewmember License. BLUE CFEC Permit Cards are also our individual "Crewmember" Licenses. Our Permits allow us to serve as crewmember/deckhands on each other's vessels to harvest the shrimp pots permitted to that vessel only.
3) Can 2 or 3 of us separate Vessel (Triangle) License/CFEC Permit holders go to a Shrimping area together in each of our vessels and then transfer to each other's vessels to assist one another with their individual takes? Yes. Will that require separate Crewmember licenses also? No. See question 2 above. ONLY the pots permitted to the vessel may be operated by crewmembers on that vessel. I.e. we can't use just the one vessel to pull/re-bait the pots permitted to other vessels.
4) Can we carry spare/replacement pots on board our vessels, greater than whatever the total in-water number permitted? NO spares are allowed to be on board in access of the vessel pot limit during the fishery. We may be able to cache extra pots somewhere other than on the vessel, for access in the event of lost pots later. suggested You may want to speak with State Trooper Tony Beck @ (907) 835-4307 for his interpretation.
5) Is the Cordova District requiring separate ID tags on EACH of our pots? Not for 2010, as the Fishery was created too fast to get tags made up to sell to us. Will you still supply them? Yes, for a price, if required in the future.
6) Are two buoys required on our pot lines, one at each end of the longline per the info below? 5 AAC 31.051 says just one Buoy is required per pot, so it's confusing. Can we run a string of 5 to 10 pots on a single longline? A longline string containing from 1 up to 4 pots only requires 1 Buoy, minimum. For longlines containing 5 or more pots, we will need at least 1 Buoy at each end of the longline (Pg 107 of Reg). The Buoys only need the ADF&G Vessel (Triangle) License number printed on them in 1.5" high numerals with 1/4" wide lines (Pg 86 of Reg).
COMMERCIAL CREWMEMBER LICENSE
Annual Child Crewmember License (10 or less years old)
7 Day Crewmember License
Duplicate Crewmember License
Business License $50 annually
Commercial Crewmember Information
A person engaged in commercial fishing is considered a commercial fisherman and must hold a commercial fishing license. Commercial fisherman means an individual who fishes commercially for, takes, or attempts to take fish, shellfish, or other fishery resources of the state by any means, and includes every individual aboard a boat operated for fishing purposes who participates directly or indirectly in the taking of these raw fishery products, whether participation is on shares or as an employee or otherwise; however, this definition does not apply to anyone aboard a licensed vessel as a visitor or guest who does not directly or indirectly participate in the taking; and the term "commercial fisherman" includes the crews of tenders, processors, catcher processors or other floating craft used in transporting fish. Persons who need to obtain a crew member license include persons handling fishing gear, the cook, the engineer and any crewmembers who assist at all in maintenance, navigation, docking and operation of the vessel (including taking aboard fish from tenders or catcher vessels). Other crewmembers on a processor or catcher processor do not need a crew license if they work only on the processing line.
5 AAC 31.223. Lawful shrimp pot gear for Registration Area E
(a) In Registration Area E, shrimp may be taken with pots only as specified in this section.
(b) A shrimp pot may not have
(1) more than one bottom;
(2) a vertical height of more than 24 inches;
(3) more than four tunnel eye openings, which individually do not exceed 15 inches in perimeter;
(4) a bottom perimeter exceeding 124 inches.
(c) The sides of a shrimp pot may only be
(1) at a right angle to the plane of the bottom of the pot; or
(2) slated inward toward the center of the pot in a straight line from the bottom of the pot to the top of the pot.
(d) A shrimp pot must be entirely covered with net webbing or rigid mesh. At least two adjacent sides or 50 percent of the vertical or near-vertical sides must be covered with net webbing or rigid mesh that allows the passage of a seven-eighths inch diameter by a 12 inch long wooden dowel, which upon insertion into the web, must drop completely through by its own weight, without force.
(e) Shrimp pots may only be operated as follows:
(1) the department will announce annually, before the opening of the commercial shrimp pot fishery season, the number of shrimp pots that may be operated from a vessel in the commercial shrimp pot fishery for that season, not to exceed 100 shrimp pots per vessel; in determining the annual pot limit, the department will consider the
(A) total number of registered vessels;
(B) estimated catch per unit of effort; and
(C) magnitude of the guideline harvest level;
(2) a vessel operator may have only shrimp pot gear registered to the vessel on board the vessel at any time;
(3) shrimp pot gear may be deployed or retrieved only from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each day; the commissioner may close, by emergency order, the fishing season in a district or portion of a district and immediately reopen the season during which the time period allowed to deploy and retrieve shrimp pot gear may be increased or decreased to achieve the guideline harvest level;
(4) shrimp pots may not be left in saltwater unattended for more than 14 days unless all bait containers have been removed and all doors secured fully open;
(5) a vessel operator may not, at any time, have more than the legal limit of pot gear for the vessel, established under (2) of this subsection, in the aggregate on board the vessel, in the water in fishing condition, or in the water in non-fishing condition.
5 AAC 31.226. Shrimp pot marking requirements for Registration Area E
(a) If required by the department, in addition to the requirements of 5 AAC 31.051, each shrimp pot must have one identification tag issued by the department attached to the pot. If required by the department under this section, identification tags will be issued before the fishing season, uniquely numbered for that registration year, and issued at the time of vessel registration for that vessel only. The vessel owner, or the owner's agent, shall apply for identification tags at a department office designated to issue tags. Replacement of tags lost during the season is permitted if the vessel operator submits a sworn statement or affidavit describing how the tags were lost and listing the numbers of the lost tags.
(b) All shrimp pots on board a registered shrimp vessel must be marked as specified in (a) of this section.
(c) Shrimp pots deployed on a longline, including five or more pots, must have at least one buoy attached to each end of the longline. The buoys must be properly marked as specified in 5 AAC 31.051, and the pots must be marked as required under (a) of this section.
5 AAC 31.235. Closed waters in Registration Area E
(a) The following waters are closed to the taking of shrimp with trawl gear:
(1) waters enclosed by a line from Point Whitshed to Point Bentinck, a line from Cape Hinchinbrook Light to Seal Rocks Light to Zaikof Point (60ø 19.00' N. lat., 146ø 55.00' W. long.), and by a line from a point at 60ø 11.00' N. lat., 147ø 20.00' W. long. on the northwest side of Montague Island, north to a point at 60ø 30.00' N. lat., 147ø 20.00' W. long., then east to a point at 60ø 30.00' N. lat., 147ø 00.00' W. long., then northeast to Knowles Head (60ø 41.00' N. lat., 146ø 37.50' W. long.);
(2) the waters east of a line from Porcupine Point at 60ø 44.60' N. lat., 146ø 42.10' W. long. in Port Fidalgo to the southernmost tip of Bligh Island at 60ø 48.30' N. lat., 146ø 47.90' W. long. to the northernmost tip of Bligh Island at 60ø 52.90' N. lat., 146ø 46.00' W. long. to Rocky Point at 60ø 57.00' N. lat., 146ø 46.20' W. long.
(b) The following waters are closed to the taking of shrimp with pot gear:
(1) waters enclosed by a line from the north entrance to Pigot Bay at 60ø 49.98'N. lat., 148ø 18.96' W. long. to Point Culross (60ø45.42' N. lat., 148ø 08.88' W. long.), a line from a point on the southeast side of Culross Island at 60ø 39.54' N. lat., 148ø 05.58' W. long south to Nellie Juan Light (60ø 35.87' N. lat., 148ø 06.12' W. long.) and east of a line at 148ø 20.00' W. long. connecting the north and south shores of Port Nellie Juan;
(2) waters north of a line from Flent Point (60ø 56.52' N. lat., 147ø 08.34' W. long.) to a point on Bligh Island at 60ø 48.96' N. lat., 146ø 48.96' W. long., and north of a line from a point on the southeast shore of Bligh Island at 60ø 48.60' N. lat., 146ø 33.42' W. long.;
(3) waters south of a line from Point Grace (60ø 04.80' N. lat., 147ø 51 .00' W. long., to a point on the northern end of Evans Island at 60ø 06.66' N. lat., 147ø 53.34' W. long., a line from a point on the south end of Latouche Island at 59ø 56.34' N. lat., 148ø 02.28' W. long. to a point on the south end of Elrington Island at 59ø 55.92' N. lat. 148ø 12.78' W. long., and a line from Lonetree Point Light (59ø 58.97' N. lat., 148ø 12.00' W. long.) to a point on the south entrance to Squirrel Bay on Evans Island at 59ø 59.82' N. lat., 148ø 09.42' W. long.
5 AAC 31.245. Reporting requirements for Registration Area E
(a) A CFEC permit holder that participates in the Prince William Sound commercial shrimp pot fishery shall obtain and complete, daily, a logbook provided by the department. It is unlawful to falsify a logbook entry. The CFEC permit holder must
(1) have the logbook on board the vessel at all times;
(2) make the logbook available upon request to a local representative of the department or peace officer of the state; and
(3) submit to the department the completed logbook pages with each corresponding ADF&G fish ticket.
(b) The operator of a catcher-seller vessel or a catcher-processor vessel used to take shrimp in Registration Area E shall complete an ADF&G fish ticket before any shrimp are removed from the vessel. Before landing shrimp, the operator of a catcher-seller vessel or catcher-processor vessel shall contact the Cordova office at a telephone number provided by the department at the time of registration and provide the following information:
(1) the CFEC permit holder's name;
(2) the name of the vessel and the ADF&G number of the registered vessel;
(3) the following information for each ADF&G fish ticket that pertains to that trip:
(A) the preprinted fish ticket number;
(B) the date of landing;
(C) the statistical areas fished;
(D) the number of pot lifts in each statistical area;
(E) the round weight of all shrimp taken by species and statistical area.
(c) Each week, the operator of a shrimp pot vessel operating in Registration Area E shall contact, by telephone, the local area office in Cordova before 12:00 noon Wednesday at a telephone number provided by the department at the time of registration and provide the following information:
(1) the CFEC permit holder's name;
(2) the name of the vessel and the ADF&G license number of the registered vessel;
(3) the following information for each ADF&G fish ticket that pertains to that trip:
(A) the number of pot lifts in each statistical area;
(B) the round weight of all shrimp taken by species and statistical area.