Commercial fishing for hagfish is not established in Alaska. If a fishery is developed, managers will focus on sustainability to insure hagfish are not overfished.
Hagfish are caught in buckets or pots. The same basic method is used up and down the Pacific Coast. Five-gallon buckets are used, as well as larger, 50 to 58 gallon barrels, depending on the size of the vessel. Baited buckets are long-lined together, dropped to soak, and then pulled up with hagfish inside.