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Applying for Operation Permit
Overview

An Operation Permit is required for any person that wants to construct and operate an aquatic farm, nursery, or hatchery in Alaska. An aquatic farm operation involves culturing aquatic stock seed or spat in a protected environment to yield marketable farmed stock. A nursery operation involves nurturing aquatic stock larvae or seed to a size that can be cultured in aquatic farm grow-out gear. A hatchery operation involves holding and spawning mature shellfish broodstock to produce larvae or seed for aquatic farms. Depending on the ownership of tidal and submerged land being considered, a person can apply for an Operation Permit in three ways:

  1. For state tidal or submerged lands, you can apply to operate an aquatic farm, nursery, or hatchery on a proposed site in the marine or coastal areas shoreline of Alaska during the general application opening. This opening starts January 1st and ends on April 30th of every year. You can fill out the Joint-Agency Aquatic Farm Program Application (PDF) and submit it to Department of Natural Resources to start the joint-agency review.
  2. For state tidal or submerged lands, you can apply to operate an aquatic farm, nursery, and hatchery on a proposed site within a designated area or select a pre-authorized site. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provides an Over-the-Counter Land Disposal Listing of these areas and sites. You can obtain an operation permit faster using this option. You must contact the Department of Natural Resources to request a specific Over-the-Counter Aquatic Farm Disposal application.
  3. For private tidal and submerged lands, you can apply to operate an aquatic farm, nursery, or hatchery on a privately-owned site during the general application opening. This opening starts January 1st and ends on April 30th each year. You can fill out the Joint-Agency Aquatic Farm Program Application (PDF) and submit it to Department of Fish and Game for a single agency review.