Commercial Fisher

Licensing Authority

Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission
8800 Glacier Highway, #109
Mailing Address: PO Box 110302, Juneau AK 99811
Juneau, AK, 99811 -0302
phone: 907.789.6150
fax: 907.789.6170


Vessel license based on the overall length of the vessel: $24-$900 plus an additional $30 for initial issuance of a metal ADF&G number plate

Annual renewal of Fishing permit (dependent upon type of fishery):

  • Resident $75-$3,000
  • Nonresident $75-$3,000- plus a yearly fee of $190
  • Low-income residents pay one-half the resident fee
  • Low-income nonresidents pay one-half the non-resident fee plus $190


Commercial fishing vessels, tenders, packers, processors, and transporters must be licensed. Vessels five tons or over are assigned Official Documentation numbers by the U.S. Coast Guard while the Alaska Department of Motor Vehicles assigns registration numbers to vessels under five net tons. Vessel operators need commercial fishing permits which are dependent upon type of fishery--a combination of resource, gear type, and area.

For further information or applications for permits or vessel licenses, contact the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission. Individuals working as crew members need a Commercial Crewmember license, information can be found at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game website.

Number of Licenses on December 31, 2014

12,286 fishers
17,293 permits
9,950 vessels

Last updated April 2015.