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Motorized Vehicles in Streams

Operation of motorized or tracked vehicles or equipment in or across streams or other waters important for spawning, rearing, or migration of anadromous fish including, but not limited to: salmon, trout, whitefish, or sheefish is unlawful without a valid Fish Habitat Permit that is issued by the Alaska Department of Natural Resources (ADNR).

The statute that provides the DNR's permitting authority in anadromous fish waters is AS 41.14.870.

Paragraph (a) of this statutes directs the commissioner to specify waters that are important to anadromous fish.

Paragraph (b) indicates the activities which would trigger a permit requirement, including the use of wheeled tracked or excavating equipment in the bed of a specified water. The rest of the section addresses permitting and decision criteria.

5 AAC 195.010(a) adopts the catalog and atlas to the catalog and further describes permitting procedures and requirements.

The penalty for violation is a Class A Misdemeanor (AS 41.14.925) which for a person whom is not an organization, is a maximum fine of $10,000 and may be subject to imprisonment for a term of not more than 1 year in jail. There are no bailable offenses. If a person is caught and cited, they go to court. The law applies to all anadromous fishes.