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Applying for Operation Permit
General Opening

Statewide Aquatic Farm Program Application Opening
Scheduled for January 1 Each Year

The application opening to apply for farming of shellfish and aquatic plants on state-owned tidal and submerged land is scheduled every year. Applications for the next opening are planned to be accepted between January 1 and April 30.

A Joint-Agency Aquatic Farm Program Application packet can be submitted to DNR during the opening period and it will be distributed to ADF&G. The packet contains information on the application review process, farm site guidelines, required authorizations, review agencies contact information and the application. The packet has been separated into two parts:

  1. Part I - Application Process Guidelines, Authorizations and Contacts
  2. Part II - Instructions and Application

A person must submit the Joint-Agency Aquatic Farm Program Application (Part II) to Department of Natural Resources (DNR) during the opening period along with the required $100 application filing fee. DNR will provided the completed applications to other state authorizing agencies. If the proposed site is for on-bottom clam culture, a person must include a survey fee of $5,000 for a subtidal site or $2,000 for an intertidal site, to determine the initial abundance of wild stock on the site of the species intended for culture. A fee schedule (PDF 53 kB) is available, to provide details of all state fees required for authorizations and operating an aquatic farm in the state of Alaska.

Multiple agencies are involved in the review process (PDF 21 kB) . To help streamline the review, the Joint-Agency Aquatic Farm Program Application is used to obtain most of the authorizations required by the State of Alaska to site, construct, and operate your aquatic farm in state waters. Authorizations include an Aquatic Farm Site Lease from DNR Division of Mining, Land, and Water (MLW), a Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) Aquatic Farm Operation Permit, and Special Area Permit, if applicable. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) requires all state authorizations before authorization will be provided under the Regional General Permit for placement of Aquatic Farm Structures within the State of Alaska navigable waters. Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) is charged with seafood safety and has a program for classifying waters for aquatic farms. In addition, a farmer will need to obtain a shellfish shipper permit, a harvest permit, and have a shellfish sampling plan from DEC prior to harvest.

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