Crewmember, Fishing Boat

Licensing Authority

Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Licensing Section
P.O. Box 115525
Juneau, AK, 99811 -5525
phone: 907.465.2376
fax: 907.465.2440


Annual license:
Resident $60
Resident- 7 Day $30
Nonresident $250
Resident children 10 and under $5
Nonresident children 10 and under $195
Alien registration number (green card) is required if a nonresident of the United States.
Duplicate license $5


A person engaged in commercial fishing is considered a commercial fisherman and must hold a commercial fishing license. Commercial fisherman means an individual who fishes commercially for, takes, or attempts to take fish, shellfish, or other fishery resources of the state by any means, and includes every individual aboard a boat operated for fishing purposes who participates directly or indirectly in the taking of these raw fishery products, whether participation is on shares or as an employee or otherwise; however, this definition does not apply to anyone aboard a licensed vessel as a visitor or guest who does not directly or indirectly participate in the taking; and the term "commercial fisherman" includes the crews of tenders, processors, catcher processors or other floating craft used in transporting fish. Persons who need to obtain a crew member license include persons handling fishing gear, the cook, the engineer and any crewmembers who assist at all in maintenance, navigation, docking and operation of the vessel (including taking aboard fish from tenders or catcher vessels). Other crewmembers on a processor or catcher processor do not need a crew license if they work only on the processing line.

Number of Licenses on December 31, 2014

11,663 resident
12,763 nonresident

Last updated April 2015.