ADF&G: State 2013 South Alaska Peninsula & Chignik Pot/Jig P. Cod begins soon!

Posted on: February 14th, 2013 | Author: Virgil | Filed under: AK DF&G Announcements, Community Window

2013 South Alaska Peninsula Area State-Waters Pacific Cod Season Openings – Posted 02/12/2013 4:30 PM (pdf)

The 2013 South Alaska Peninsula state-waters Pacific cod season for vessels using pot gear will open at 12:00 noon on Thursday, March 7, 2013 unless delayed by weather. Pot vessels are restricted to operating no more than 60 pots. Buoy tags are required for all pot gear. Open and unbaited pots may be stored in waters less than 25 fathoms deep prior to the start of the state-waters pot season. Pot gear may not be baited or placed into waters deeper than 25 fathoms until the pot season opens. The 2013 South Alaska Peninsula state-waters Pacific cod guideline harvest level (GHL) is 15,586,682 pounds. Pot vessels are allocated 85 percent of the GHL or 13,248,680 pounds.

The state-waters Pacific cod season for vessels using jig gear will open 48 hours after closure of the Western Gulf of Alaska (WGOA) federal/parallel jig gear A-season, unless delayed by weather. However, if the WGOA federal/parallel jig A-season has not closed by March 15, ADF&G may close the WGOA parallel (0-3 nautical miles from shore) jig season and open the South Alaska Peninsula state-waters jig season based on inseason assessment of effort, harvest rate and remaining federal/parallel jig quota. During the state-waters season jig vessels may not operate more than 5 mechanical jig machines with no more than 30 hooks per line. Jig vessels are allocated 15 percent of the total GHL or 2,338,002 pounds.

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2013 Chignik Area State-Waters Pacific Cod Season Openings – Posted 02/12/2013 4:30 PM (pdf)

The 2013 Chignik Area state-waters Pacific cod season for vessels using pot gear will open at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 7, 2013. Pot vessels are restricted to operating no more than 60 pots.

The 2013 Chignik Area state-waters Pacific cod guideline harvest level (GHL) is 9,507,876 pounds. Pot vessels are allocated 90 percent of the GHL or 8,557,088 pounds.

The state-waters season for vessels using jig gear will open on March 15. Jig vessels may not operate more than 5 mechanical jig machines with no more than 30 hooks per line. Jig vessels are allocated 10 percent of the total GHL or 950,788 pounds.