Ow, Ow Ow...my head hurts, my eyes are now tweeked... I need a shot of whiskey and a nap.....
In the Federal Register, Volume 75, No 145, published July 29, 2010 the proposed bag limits for the Alaska 2010 season were published.
Outside of subsistance rules the proposed season and limits do not change from this to what is final. In this publication they state what a bag of sea ducks is comprised of:
In addition to the basic duck limits, Alaska may select sea duck limits of 10 daily, 20 in possession, singly or in the aggregate, including no more than 6 each of either harlequin or long-tailed ducks. Sea ducks include scoters, common and king eiders, harlequin ducks, long-tailed ducks, and common and red-breasted mergansers.
So, even though the Sea Duck Joint Venture lists GE's and buffies as sea ducks, in Alaska by federal law they are not.
Further review of the published limits they do not define what a duck limit is comprised of except the number of canvas backs that can be in a limit and that a duck limit cannot contain any sea ducks. Since sea ducks are defined that means everything not listed, or excluded by protection like some of the eiders, is just a duck - GE's and buffies are just ducks up here.
PS. super trooper questions...I asked a waterfowl related question as well, and after reviewing the "rules" for questions, waterfowl questions may not get answered since the rules are all federal, even though the troopers can and do enforce them. I searched the on-line AAC and AS and found that there are only a few state laws covering the illegal means for taking waterfowl, but nothing else. All other laws covering the hunting of waterfowl are federal.