Shore Fishery Leases

As manager of most of the state's tidelands out to the three-mile limit, the Department of Natural Resources issues shore fishery (setnet) leases. A shore fishery lease gives the leaseholder first priority to use a shore fishery site for commercial salmon setnet fishing on state-owned tidelands. This "first priority" applies only when the leaseholder is personally fishing the site.

To apply for a shore fishery lease you must:

  • have a valid limited entry permit or an interim-use salmon setnet permit.
  • be citizen of the United States.
  • be at least 18 years of age, or if under 18 years of age have a trustee appointed.
  • stake your site within thirty days of filing your application.
  • file an application between June 1 and October 15, along with a non-refundable filing fee of $100.00.

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