The Prince William Sound Area E state-waters Pacific cod season will close to fishing with pot and longline gear at noon on Sept. 1, as a parallel season opens to the same gear types, reports the Cordova Times.
The season is coordinated with the federal "B" season and gear sector allocations for Pacific cod in the Central Gulf of Alaska regulatory area.
Season closures for pot gear and longline gear will coincide with the federal closures of the pot gear group and the less than 50 foot hook and line gear group in the adjacent federal Central Gulf of Alaska, respectively, state officials said.
Fishermen participating in the state-waters Pacific cod fishery must deliver their harvest within 24 hours of the closure and prior to participating in the parallel season.
In addition, fishermen are reminded that they must possess a valid state Prince William Sound 2013 non-exclusive area groundfish registration in order to participate in the Prince William Sound parallel Pacific cod fishery.
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