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Aquatic Farm Authorization Requirements
Activities Managed by the Department of Fish and Game

The Department of Fish and Game issues the following permits:

  1. Aquatic Farm Operation Permit
  2. Special Area Permit
  3. Stock Transport Permit
  4. Stock Acquisition Permit
  5. Seed Source Certification
  6. Fish Resource Permit for a Site Suitability Study
  7. Special Area Permit

Aquatic Farm Operation Permit

Activities Covered:
Aquatic farm, nursery, and hatchery operations (for shellfish and marine plants).
Purpose:
Protect, maintain, and improve the state’s fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of the state, and manage their use and development in the best interest of the economy and well-being of the people of the state.
Process:
For an Aquatic Farm Operation Permit -Joint-agency aquatic farm site application, agency comments to DNR Programs for lease, agency review, and if approve, permit issued; For transport - spat transport application, division review, spat transport permit issued for 1 yr. duration; For acquisition - broodstock transport application, division review, broodstock transport permit issued for 1 yr.; For operation permit renewal - renewal form, renewal fee, agency review, permit reissued for additional 10 yr. period with issuance conditional on compliance with permit and operation continues to be technically and operationally feasible, and approved operation and development plan; For operation permit transfer - transfer form, updated operation and development plan, transfer fee, agency review, operation permit issued; For operation permit reporting - Joint-agency annual report; and Monitoring - site inspections.
Fees:
Survey fee for all on-bottom applications (submitted with Joint-Agency Aquatic Farm Program Application): $5000 for a proposed subtidal farm, $2500 for a proposed intertidal farm; operation permit renewal: $100.00; Operation Permit transfer: $100.00

More Information: Alaska Department of Fish and Game Mariculture Program Permit Overview

Department of Fish and Game,
Division of Commercial Fisheries, Mariculture Program

Contact: Cynthia Pring-Ham, Mariculture Coordinator

Mariculture Program
1255 W. 8th Street
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
Phone 907-465-6150
Fax 907-465-4168


Special Area Permit

Activities Covered:
Approval of a project or activity within a State game refuge, game sanctuary, or critical habitat area.
Purpose:
Regulate water use activities in classified areas, to protect the essential fish and wildlife habitat.
Process:
Joint-agency application, agency review, special area permit issued for 5 yrs, For Special Area Permit renewal – application form, agency review, permit reissued for another 5 yrs., conditional on compliance with all permits. For Special Area Permit transfer – use operation permit transfer form, agency review, special are permit issued; For reporting - Joint-agency annual report; and Monitoring - site inspections.
Fees:
None

More Information: Alaska Department of Fish and Game Special Areas

Department of Fish and Game,
Division of Habitat, Critical Habitat Areas

Contact: Ginny Litchfield, Area Manager

514 Funny River Rd
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone (907) 714-2478
Fax (907) 260-5992
Email: virgina.litchfield@alaska.gov