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Alaska Fishing Licenses

Applicants interested in obtaining an Alaska fishing license can complete the process through the state’s Department of Fish and Game. However, to participate in this activity, you have to buy an AK fishing license and adhere to all the rules and regulations. The type of fishing license available to you will depend on your residency status, the fishing area you intend to venture to and the particular fishing you would like to partake in.

The two general types of fishing permits in Alaska are sport fishing licenses and the commercial fishing licenses. To get a fishing license in AK, either use the convenient online purchasing system of the Department of Fish and Game or request to receive the license by mail (note this is restricted to certain types of licenses). Licenses to fish in the state are available at different rates for residents, nonresidents, military members, civilians, juniors, adults, seniors, disabled or nondisabled individuals.

To learn more about the fishing licenses in the state, explore the topics below:

  • Types of fishing licenses in Alaska
  • Fishing education in Alaska
  • Fishing organizations in Alaska

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Types of Alaska Fishing Licenses

Interested applicants may choose from four fishing licenses in Alaska, a nd based o n several factors, you may qualify for one or more of the following fishing permits:

  • A sport fishing permit
  • A commercial fishing permit
  • A subsistence fishing permit
  • A personal use fishing permit

Before getting AK fishing permits, decide on the type of fishing you would like to partake in a nd review the related rules and regulations. Both sport and commercial fishing require a valid fishing license, whereas subsistence and personal use fishing may or may not require a license.

Commercial Fishing in Alaska

Alaskan commercial fishing is considered one of the most important industries in the country, and a number of requirements must be met before buying an AK commercial fishing permit.

Two types of commercial crew licenses are available, according to the longevity of the fishing activity. The seven-day commercial fishing license or the annual commercial fishing permit can be obtained via the AK DFG website. When buying a commercial fishing license in Alaska you are required to:

  • Have a valid credit card, mailing address, email address and a phone number.
  • Provide your Social Security Number.
  • Provide your state driver's license number.

Sport Fishing in Alaska

Sport fishing is available to anyone present in Alaska who does not plan to barter, trade or sell his catch and who does not plan to use dipnets, seine nets or gillnets to catch fish.

Alaska offers the following types of sport fishing licenses:

  • Annual sport fishing license
  • Annual sport fishing and hunting license
  • Annual sport fishing, hunting and trapping license
  • Annual low income sport fishing, hunting and trapping license
  • Annual king salmon stamp
  • One-day, three-day, seven-day, 14-day sport fishing license
  • One-day, three-day, seven-day, 14-day sport fishing and annual hunting license
  • One-day, three-day, seven-day, 14-day day king salmon stamp

Varieties of the aforementioned licenses are available to applicants, based upon the residency of the anglers (resident, nonresident or alien) and whether or not they are a member of the military. The AK fishing license fees are generally more cost-effective for residents and for military members.

Individuals younger than 16 and older than 60 years of age are exempt from buying a sport fishing permits in Alaska. Note that they have to record their catch on a Sport Fishing Harvest Record Card, which is available for free.

Subsistence and Personal Use Fishing

Subsistence fishing contains noncommercial traditional uses (food, fuel, shelter, tools, clothing), whereas fishing for personal use constitutes the taking of finfish, shellfish or other marine resources without the intention to sell them.

Subsistence and personal use fisheries are only available to Alaska residents and different regulations apply. To take part in either one, visit the website of the AK DFG and find out about the restrictions of certain fisheries and whether or not a permit is required.

Alaska Fishing Education

Alaska residents have the option to further their fishing knowledge and education once they have obtained their licenses through appropriate courses and programs. For those seeking to improve their fishing skills, the D epartment of Fish and Game offers the below workshops and programs:

  • Becoming an Outdoors-Woman workshops
  • The Rod Loaner program

The BOW program aims to offer women hands-on workshops that will help perfect their fishing abilities. Interested applicants can reap the benefits of one-one instructor interaction, and those of any age or gender can attend.

The Rod Loaner programs is made available through the state department, which provides lends fishing equipment to any interested angler.

Alaska Fishing Organizations

N umerous fishing organizations based in Alaska support avid anglers and aim to promote the sustainability of the state’s fishing industry. Read more about these organizations below.

Alaska Charter Association

The Alaska Charter Association’s mission is to safeguard the rights of recreational sport anglers in the state. The association also strives to act as the voice of the fishing industry on various levels, whether it is local, statewide or national.

Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation

The Alaska Fisheries Development Foundation continuously works with state and national fisheries to increase the economic value and conservation of the state’s fishing industry. Plus, t he foundation also joins forces with numerous scientific organizations to find ways to improve the sustainability of the fishing industry.

United Fishermen of Alaska

Founded several decades ago, the United Fishermen of Alaska promotes and protects the interests of commercial fishing industry in Alaska. Representing several commercial fishing organizations, the UFA also supports the state management of fisheries.