Are you thinking about beginning a commercial fishing business? Before you start assembling a crew or packing up your boat, you will want to gain an understanding of commercial fishing permits. The Alaskan coastline and interior waters are bountiful when it comes to sellable seafood, but to keep your business operating legally, getting the right permit is crucial. What follows are some frequently asked questions about permits for commercial fishing.
Do I Need a Permit to Sell My Catch from My Boat?
In short, yes, you need a permit to sell your catch, even directly from your boat. In the state of Alaska, you will actually need to have two. Selling unprocessed fish requires a permit from the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission, as well as one designating you as a “Catcher-Seller” from Alaska Fish & Game.
Read more about commercial fishing permits at Commercial Fishing Permits Center.