Allowable Activities Matrix

ADF&G Only Permit Types

  Catcher Seller 5 Fish Transporter EEZ Only 10 Independent Buyer 7
Year Began 1984 2003 1997 1984
Processor Code Prefix 4 C T Z Y
ADF&G Form Type Catcher
Fish Transporter Intent to Operate Independent Buyer
Typically Operating From Vessel Vessel Vessel Facility or vessel
Code Plates Issued Yes No Yes Yes
ADF&G Approval Letter Yes Yes Yes Yes
COAR Forms Required None None Buying (if they buy) and Production 3 Buying
Allowable Activities
Purchase from fisherman? No No Yes Yes - only for sale to licensed buyers
Process? 6 No No Yes No
Export out of state? No No Yes - processed or unprocessed No
Have custom processing done? No No Yes No
Custom process for others? No No Yes No
Can sell at the docks? Yes Yes 9 Yes No
  • 1 This license can only operate as a sole proprietor and Vessel cannot exceed 65 feet in length.
  • 2 Catcher Processors can operate from Vessels over 65 feet in length and run their business through an LLC. If sole proprietors (Apply with SSN instead of EIN) and Vessel is less than 65 feet a Direct Marketer permit type would be a more appropriate permit type.
  • 3 EEZ Only are required by NMFS to submit a COAR for activity in federal waters and some fisheries in federal waters require ADF&G fish tickets while others do not.
  • 4 This prefix along with the Fisheries Business License number (issued by DOR) makes up the processor code (i.e. F1234) which is imprinted on fish tickets and allows ADF&G to track reporting activity.
  • 5 A Catcher-Seller may ship fish to a licensed buyer, processor, or exporter only within the state. A fish ticket imprinted with the Catcher-Seller code plate must accompany fish during shipment via plane, truck, mail, etc.
  • 6 Must meet DEC requirements.
  • 7 Can only sell in state to licensed processors or buyers or ADEC Waivered facilities.
  • 8 Vessel must be 65 feet or less.
  • 9 AS 16.05.67(b) for salmon, herring, and Pacific cod only and the CFEC permit holder must also possess a catcher-seller permit.
  • All permit types are issued fish tickets upon request.