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There are two main types of aquatic farm amendments:

  1. a Joint-agency Amendment requires multiple agency reviews, for instance when modifications to an aquatic farm operation are proposed such as an increase or decrease in acreage or significant gear change (size and quantity);
  2. a Single Agency Amendment requires only a Department of Fish and Game review , for instance when an aquatic farm operation proposes adding or removing a species to be cultured or wants to make changes to culture gear, equipment, support facilities, or the aquatic farm operations.

The Aquatic Farm Operations Amendment Matrix below can be used as a guide to identify the various types of proposed changes and the agency requirements and forms that apply to each type of an amendment request for an aquatic farm.

Aquatic Farm Operations Amendment Matrix (PDF 19 kB)

Joint-agency Amendment

An aquatic farm that wants to propose an amendment to an existing ADF&G Aquatic Farm Operation Permit and Department of Natural Resources (DNR) aquatic farm lease is required to submit a completed Joint-Agency Amendment request form to DNR for review and approval by both agencies. Use the Joint-agency Aquatic Farm Amendment request form to request changes to the size of an aquatic farm site (increases or decreases) and significant changes in gear, equipment, and facilities.

Joint-Agency Aquatic Farm Amendment Request Form (PDF 378 kB) DNR requires a $100 fee to review and process this type of amendment

Refer to the Amendment Matrix (PDF 19 kB) to determine agency requirements for the changes proposed.

Amendment requests to change aquatic farm operations, seedstock or production goals, or for the addition of new species, must also include a completed Operation and Development Plan (PDF 71 kB). There are two parts to the form:

  • Part A is to provide a description of your aquatic farm operations over the next 10 years and is used for changes to farm operations only. For instance, if you wanted to change the farm operations, you would fill in Part A only.
  • Part B is to provide a 10-year schedule of your support facilities, gear types, and anchor systems installations, number of hatchery or nursery seed to be purchased for your farm, and projected production (numbers or pounds) and value (farm-gate). Fill out Part B using a realistic expectation of what is possible within the limits of the permitted farm site. For instance, if you wanted to change the farm seed stock or production goals, you fill in Part B only.

To amend an ADF&G Aquatic Farm Operation Permit and DNR Aquatic Farm Lease you must submit:

  • Joint-Agency Aquatic Farm Amendment Request Form
  • If applicable, an Operation and Development Plan Form
  • Site Plan for increase and decreases to acreage, if applicable
  • Cross-sectional and over-head drawings for significant gear, equipment, and facility changes, if applicable
  • $100 fee to DNR (made out to State of Alaska)

30-day review time after submittals are considered complete.

Single Agency Amendment

The Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) requires permit holders to obtain an Aquatic Farm Operation Permit Amendment for any changes to an active Aquatic Farm Operation Permit. An ADF&G Aquatic Farm Operation Permit Amendment Request Form must be submitted to ADF&G for review of any proposed changes to farm operations, insignificant changes to gear, addition or deletion of species, or changes to the operation and development plans.

ADF&G Aquatic Farm Operation Permit Amendment Request Form (PDF 371 kB). ADF&G requires no fee to review and process an amendment.

Permit holders should refer to the Amendment Matrix (PDF 19 kB) to determine agency requirements for the changes proposed.

Amendment requests to change aquatic farm operations, seed stock or production goals, or for the addition of new species, must also include a completed Operation and Development Plan (PDF 71 kB). There are two parts to the form:

  • Part A is to provide a description of your aquatic farm operations over the next 10 years and is used for changes to farm operations only. For instance, if you wanted to change the farm operations, you would fill in Part A only.
  • Part B is to provide a 10-year schedule of your support facilities, gear types, and anchor systems installations, number of hatchery or nursery seed to be purchased for your farm, and projected production (numbers or pounds) and value (farm-gate). Fill out Part B using a realistic expectation of what is possible within the limits of the permitted farm site. For instance, if you wanted to change the farm seedstock or production goals, you fill in Part B only.

To amend an ADF&G Aquatic Farm Operation Permit and DNR Aquatic Farm Lease you must submit:

  • ADF&G Aquatic Farm Operation Permit Amendment Request Form
  • Operation and Development Plan Form
  • Cross-sectional and over-head drawings for any gear, equipment, and facility changes, if applicable

There is a 30-day review time after submittals are considered complete.