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Commercial Fishing
License and Permits

NOTICE: Beginning February 22, 2016 there will be a new online application process to renew your processing and buying permit through the Alaska Department of Revenue's (DOR) Revenue Online. This will be the fastest and easiest way to have your permit issued. More information about Revenue Online can be found on the Revenue Online Help page. For assistance with obtaining a DOR letter Id to Enroll in Revenue Online please contact ADF&G at (907) 465-6131 or

FV DundasThe commercial fishing industry of Alaska represents a very important part of the economy and fishery resources worldwide. As with any renewable resource participants must follow practices that support sustainability. Proper licensing, permitting and reporting is essential to assist the managing agencies to ensure that we all get to enjoy these resources for years to come. Please make sure that you have contacted all of the proper agencies for your type of operation. If you need assistance, please contact the Seafood Industry Coordinator at (907) 465-6131 or

You can purchase your Alaska Commercial Crewmember License online.

Links have been provided below to assist you in ensuring that all licensing requirements have been met.

State Agencies

Department of Revenue

Issues the Fisheries Business Licenses. These are required for all processing or exporting activities.

Department of Environmental Conservation

Responsible for ensuring that seafood is maintained and processed in safe and sanitary conditions.

Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission

Provides vessel licenses as well as permits for all of the state fisheries.

Department of Transportation

If you sell your product by the pound, your scales must be annually tested and approved by DOT.

Federal Agencies

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS) - Restricted Access Management (RAM)