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Shore Fishery Diagrams

Contact Shore Fisheries Leasing Program

Dept. of Natural Resources
Div. of Mining, Land & Water
Shore Fisheries Unit
550 W 7th Ave Suite 900C
Anchorage, AK 99501-3576
Phone: (907) 269-8503
Fax: (907) 269-8913


A shore fishery diagram is a detailed map, which provides a geographical representation of your set net site(s). The diagram depicts the location of your site(s) relative to major bodies of water, uplands, significant structures, and neighboring set net sites. It also portrays tide and submerged lands, as well as mean high and low water lines. Additionally, the diagram identifies upland ownership and any nearby survey monuments and/or United States Geological Survey (USGS) triangulation stations.

The Alaska Department of Natural Resources requires shore fishery leaseholders to submit a diagram during the application process for the purpose of effectively managing the program on the setnetters' behalf. A diagram often provides an indication of any potential conflict between setnetters. It also enables the DNR to ensure set net sites are configured in a manner consistent with Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) regulations. This usually includes ensuring leaseholders meet the minimum distance requirements between set nets, and that the set nets do not encroach upon an ADF&G closure line.

Although it is generally not required, the DNR highly encourages setnetters to have their sites surveyed. Because some areas support such a high population of set netters, surveys help ensure the nets are accurately placed, and everyone has a adequate area to personally fish without intruding on others. In some situations, however, surveys are required. This requirement is usually due to unusual circumstances, such as when shoreline erosion or accretion causes problems in locating sites, or conflicts appear to exist with neighboring sites.

To assist you with submitting your diagram, the DNR Shore Fishery Leasing Program has prepared diagram instructions, a list of contractors and surveyors familiar with diagram preparation, and a sample diagram, which are available at the links below. If you would like to speak with a DNR employee about shore fishery diagrams, please contact one of the following:

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