Applying for Operation Permit
A Joint-Agency Annual Report is required each calendar year of operation for all aquatic farm and hatchery operation permit holders. The annual report form is used to collect information on shellfish farm production and operations. One report is required for each Aquatic Farm Operation Permit and must be submitted to ADF&G by January 31st of each year.
A Site Specific Report is required each calendar year of operation for all on-bottom Aquatic Farm Operation Permit holders. The site specific report form is used to collect all site preparation, inventory, and harvest details specific to each farm site in order to evaluate feasibility of farming operations. One report is required for each subtidal or intertidal Aquatic Farm Operation Permit and must be submitted with the Annual Report.
- Aquatic Farm Operation Permit Site-Specific Report Form (PDF 118 kB)
- Example of a Completed Site Specific Report Form (PDF 2,154 kB)
- Instructions for Site-Specific Report (PDF 135 kB)
Nursery Reporting Requirements
A shellfish nursery permit holder permitted in Alaska has certain reporting requirements as part of their operation permit. These include the following: annual report and nursery specific report.
Nursery Specific Report
A Shellfish Nursery Specific Report provides information on the shellfish transport shipments. The department provides forms for the Shellfish Spat Transport Shipment Log (PDF 179 kB) to help nursery managers provide data for the Shellfish Nursery Specific Report.
Hatchery Reporting Requirements
A shellfish hatchery permit holder permitted in Alaska has certain reporting requirements as part of their operation permit. These include the following: annual report, hatchery specific report, annual management plan, and a 5-year basic management plan. Currently, there are two hatcheries permitted to operate in Alaska; Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery, located in Seward, Alaska and OceansAlaska located in Saxman, Alaska. These are the only hatcheries that can provide indigenous species seedstock for aquatic farm operations in the state.
Hatchery Specific Report
A Hatchery Specific Report provides information on the hatchery broodstock acquisitions, production by species, and shellfish transport shipments. The department provides forms for the Hatchery Broodstock Acquisition Summary Log (PDF 71 kB) , Hatchery Production Summary Log (PDF 177 kB), and the Shellfish Spat Transport Shipment Log (PDF 179 kB) to help hatchery managers provide data for the Hatchery Specific Report.
Annual Management Plan
An updated annual management plan is due to the department no later than January 15 of each year. The plan provides a summary of the hatchery operations planned activities for the upcoming calendar year. The plan must include the following:.
- anticipated broodstock acquisition needs;
- number of species to be collected;
- location of species to be collected;
- schedule of species collection;
- anticipated transports;
- projected availability of seedstocks for the upcoming year.
Basic Management Plan
A draft Basic Management Plan is used to manage the hatchery. The plan is a drafted in conjunction with departmental staff and the hatchery permit holder and approved by the commissioner and filed as an addendum to the current operation permit. Revisions are made whenever changes are necessary or at least every five years.