The Facts About a Federal Fisheries Permit in Alaska

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Have you been trying to get into the Alaskan commercial fishing business? Do you have all of your ships, equipment, and crew lined up, and all you’re lacking are the permits? We’ve got you covered. Here at the Commercial Fishing Permits Center, we’ve got the forms that you need to keep you in compliance when you go fishing in Alaska. That said, there are some things you want to keep in mind as you’re sitting down to apply for a federal fisheries permit

The Basics 

First and foremost, only U.S. citizens are authorized to both receive and hold these permits. There’s no “wiggle room” here, no space for interpretation. If you aren’t a U.S. citizen, then this isn’t going to work. Now, obviously, there are people who aren’t citizens by birth but eventually become citizens, and so forth. If there are any questions about that or anything else related to these forms or others, our staff is more than happy to answer them. 

Vessels that Qualify for a Federal Fisheries Permit 

Is this the first time that you’re seeking this kind of permit application for this vessel? For many of our customers, that’s the case. If so, then you need proof that you own the vessel. As you might imagine, for a majority of vessel owners that’s going to be their Certificate of Documentation (should the vessel be documented). An Abstract of Title will, of course, suffice as well. However, even if your vessel isn’t documented, you can still show proof of ownership. All it takes is a copy of your State of Alaska vessel registration or license. 

Things to Keep in Mind 

Fishing in Alaska is regulated for many reasons. As such, there are certain responsibilities that a permit holder needs to be aware of. For example, you are responsible to know whether your catch is deducted from the GHL (State Guideline Harvest Level) or the TAC (Federal Total Allowable Catch). While there’s a lot of legal jargon around this, to put it simply, make sure that you’re legally allowed to fish where you’re fishing, when you’re fishing it, and with what tools you’re using to fish. If you’re in violation of any of those, then you could potentially be in serious trouble. 

Tactics Matter 

Are you participating in direct fisheries for pollock, Atka mackerel, and/or Pacific cod? Additionally, are you doing so with any kind of gear other than jig gear? If that’s the case, then there’s a whole other section of the form that you have to fill out. Having said all of this we understand how confusing all of this can get, even for the most experienced commercial fishing professional. To that end, our staff is trained and ready to answer any questions. Many customers have called us in the past to ask just a question or two about a form. However, we can also go through the form with you and answer all your questions. For more: (866) 292-4204 or send us an email. 

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