Personal Use is a special category of fishing that enables Alaskan residents to gather food for the table. Personal use fishing was established by the Board of Fisheries to allow Alaskans to harvest fish in areas that are not elegible for subsistence fisheries. Personal use fishing is only allowed when it has been determined that sustained yields will not jeopardize other established fisheries, and is defined and regulated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Personal use fishing typically involves alternatives to conventional rod and reel sport fishing methods such as the use of fishwheels, gillnets, or dipnets.

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