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Shore Fishery Application Process

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

Application Process

New lease and Amendment applicants do all 12 steps.

Renewal applicants do only step 12.

  1. Stake site(s) between May 2 and October 15. Please provide photographic evidence of each site(s).
    Staking Example PDF

  2. Submit application and $100.00 non-refundable filing fee within 30 days of staking site(s) AND between June 1 and October 15.
    Shore Fishery Lease Application PDF

  3. DNR reviews the application, and then prepares the public notice which appears on our shore fishery website, DNR public notice site, and at local post offices. DNR also attempts to contact other interested parties in the immediate area (ie private landowners, other set net lease holders, traditional unleased setnetters, etc if we are aware of them.

  4. The 45 day public notice period begins the first day it appears on DNR web sites.

  5. If no protests are received, then DNR sends applicant a shore fishery diagram preparation packet.
    Shore Fishery Diagram Instructions PDF

  6. A licensed surveyor prepares the diagram, then sends a preliminary diagram to DNR within 90 days or request a 150-day extension, by notarized affidavit (11 AAC 64.260(f)).

  7. Applicant submits the $150.00 diagram review fee to DNR within 90 days.

  8. DNR reviews the preliminary diagram and returns it to the applicant’s draftsperson for corrections.

  9. The licensed surveyor makes final corrections and returns it to DNR, if all corrections are made the Mylar gets sent to the applicant to sign and date; the applicant sends the Mylar to DNR.

  10. DNR reviews the Mylar to make sure all corrections have been made.
    Sample Diagram PDF

  11. DNR prepares the lease document and mails to applicant for signature.

  12. The applicant signs two original copies of the lease document in front of a notary or postmaster and returns BOTH to DNR with the $300.00 rental for the first year (no rent payment is required for a lease amendment if the rent payment is current; lease extensions also require a $100 extension fee).

Total cost for lease issuance will vary somewhat depending on the amount charged by the drafts-person or surveyor approximately $700 to $2,000. The total amount paid to DNR is $550 ($100 application fee, $150 diagram review fee, $300 first year's rental). The yearly rent after issuance is $300.