Salmon Fisheries Enhancement & Hatcheries
Hatchery Permits

Hatchery Permits are required for the construction and/or operation of a private nonprofit (PNP) salmon hatchery in Alaska. Hatchery permits specify the species and number of salmon than can be incubated at the hatchery, as well as the number released, release sites, broodstock sources, and other conditions of operation. Once they are issued, hatchery permits do not expire, but they may be revoked. Hatchery permits are non-transferable, so if a hatchery is sold or leased, the new operator must apply for a new permit. Hatchery permits may only be issued to private nonprofit corporations.

Application process

PNP Hatchery Permits require an extensive application process and considerable documentation and planning. Assistance in the application process will be provided by the PNP Hatchery Program Coordinator to the extent practicable.

The application process includes:

  • an analysis of the possible effects the hatchery would have on fisheries management
  • submission of an application providing detailed information on the proposed hatchery
  • review of the application by department technical staff
  • regional planning team review of the hatchery’s compatibility with the regional salmon plan
  • a public hearing presenting the plans for the proposed hatchery
  • commissioner approval or denial of the hatchery permit

PNP Hatchery Permits always carry conditions to protect fish health and wild salmon stocks, such as requiring department approval of broodstock sources and release sites, and inspection of salmon before release.

Statutes and Regulations

Alaska statutes on salmon hatcheries: AS16.10.375 – 16.10.480
Alaska regulations on hatchery permits: 5 AAC 40.005 – 40.990.
The hatchery permit application procedures are detailed in 5 AAC 40.110 – 40.240.

Current Hatchery Permit Applications