This should quell some of the arguements on Personal use compared to sports fishing caught fish. Now I don't have to legally separate my fish in my freezer.
Title 5. Fish and Game
Chapter 77. Personal Use Fishery
Article 1. Statewide Provisions
5 AAC 77.001(f) is repealed and readopted to read:
(F) In this chapter “personal use fishing” has the meaning given in AS 16.05.940.
16.05.940 (25) reads as follows:
“personal use fishing” means the taking, fishing for, or possession of finfish, shellfish, or other fishery resources, by Alaska residents for personal use and not for sale or barter, with gill or dip net, seine, fish wheel, long line, or other means defined by the Board of Fisheries.
The old definition was as follows:
5 AAC 77.001 (f) In this chapter, “personal use fishing” means the taking, attempting to take or possession of finfish, shellfish or aquatic plants by an individual for consumption as food or use as bait, by that individual or his immediate family.
At the 2011 Board of Fisheries meeting for Upper Cook Inlet, the issue arose for which definition was to be utilized by law enforcement. The Board decided to use the more expansive definition in 16.05.940 (25), and not limit the definition of personal use to the individual or immediate family.
If you remember correctly, there was an attempt by some to besmirch any such type of sharing of the harvest bounty from personal use fishing – so this small readjustment in the regulations by the Board allows us to “legally” break bread and share salmon with each other. Yea - we can now share with each other and anyone else salmon harvested in the personal use fisheries. It is no longer considered a violation of personal use fishing regulations to break out a jar of smoked salmon and share it with your friends and non-immediate family members.