These tables provide information on permit holdings and fishing activity by state, Alaska census area, and Alaska community. The statistics are based upon the communities where permit holders reside.

For each geographic area, year, and permit type, the tables indicate the number of persons holding permits, the number of permits issued (renewed) in the year, and the number of permit holders with recorded landings. The tables also include the total harvests and estimated fishery gross earnings associated with the permit holders who reside in the selected area.

Residency is based upon a permit holder's permanent address and their sworn statement of residency, as recorded on CFEC license forms. In this report, persons who claim Alaska residency, but who provide a permanent address that is outside of Alaska, are classified as nonresidents. In these cases, the person is assigned to the community and state that matches their license documents. Alternatively, persons who indicate they are nonresidents but who provide an Alaska address are assigned to the "Other States and Countries" category.

Only the states of Washington, Oregon, California, and Alaska are reported separately. Residents of other states and countries are grouped together to provide the maximum information allowable considering confidentiality requirements.

Due to the confidential nature of fish ticket information (AS 16.05.815) at least four people and permits residing in a geographic area must have recorded landings in a permit fishery or fishery group for CFEC to report harvests and earnings information. When less than four people or permits are represented, pounds and earnings information is masked with an 'X'. To maintain confidentiality, it is sometimes necessary to mask more than one permit type, or mask the fishery group total.

The following provides more details on each column in the tables:

Indicates the calendar year for the information. Permit holder residency, permit holdings, harvests, and earnings data are based on end-of-the-year statistics. Note that regulatory fishing seasons for some permit types cross over into the next calendar year.

The census areas are based upon US Census 2010. Only the census areas from Alaskan are reported.

Represents the permit holders' city of residence, as reported on CFEC licensing forms. Only Alaska cities are reported. Cities of other states are grouped under "All Cities".

The permit information has been divided into fishery groups: Salmon, Crab, Halibut, Herring, Sablefish, Other Groundfish, Other Shellfish, and Other Finfish. Totals are provided for each group.

CFEC permit fishery codes are comprised of six characters. The first character(s) indicate the fishery resource code; the second set of characters reflects the allowable gear type; the final character(s) specify the permit area. The Fishery Code column header provides a drop-down fishery code translation table. In addition to providing a description of each code, the translation table also indicates which fisheries are limited or are subject to a temporary moratorium on entry.

For individual permit fisheries, the number of permit holders and the number of permits issued is usually the same. However, since 2002 in the salmon fisheries, individuals have been allowed to hold two limited entry permits in a single fishery, and there may be more salmon permits than permit holders. Other instances where the number of permit holders might be different than the number of permits issued include rare cases where a person held an interim-use permit in a limited fishery, then received a permanent permit through transfer in the same year. Another instance might arise if the State of Alaska Division of Investments forecloses on more than one permit in the same fishery in a year.

Also note that the Group Totals under Permit Activity indicate that individuals are allowed to hold more than one permit type within a fishery group. For a fishery Group Total, the Number of Permit Holders indicates the unique number of individuals who held permits in that group, whereas the Number of Permits Issued indicates the sum of all permits for the fishery group.

Indicates the unique number of individuals who held permits in the geographic area at the end of the year. It does not count the number of individuals who may have held a permit earlier in the year, then transferred the permit, or persons who held a permit temporarily by emergency transfer. Permit holders whose permits were revoked are also excluded, as are vessel permits (restricted to hair crab and scallops) and special use permits (permits for educational use, test fishing, hatchery cost recovery, etc.)

Indicates the number of permits issued to individuals in the geographic area for the year. Only valid permits held as of the end of the year are counted. Permits that were revoked during the year are not included. In most cases, the number of permits issued will be the same as the number of permit holders. Exceptions are noted above under Permit Activity.

Fishing Activity data is based on ADFG fish tickets for permit holders who made commercial landings. Excluded are non-commercial harvests, such as test fishing, hatchery cost recovery, confiscated catch, sport fishing derby, or other harvests taken but not sold, including personal use consumption, deadloss, and harvests associated with educational permits. In these columns, assignments of residencies for cities and states are based on information supplied by permit holders at the time they fished their permits.

This is the number of fishermen who reside in the census area who made at least one landing as a permit holder. It includes anyone who participated as a permit holder, including persons who later transferred away their permit, or who later had their permit revoked, or who held the permit temporarily due to an emergency transfer. In cases where a permit has been transferred, more than one person can fish the same permit in a year.

Shows the number of permits with recorded landings for the respective permit type or fishery group. This figure reflects all permits fished by persons who reside in the census area, including permits that were later revoked. It is possible this number could be higher than the Number of Permits Issued in rare cases where a permit was fished then later revoked, or where persons fished an interim-use permit, then later received and fished a permanent permit for the fishery.

Indicates the total harvest pounds calculated from ADFG fish tickets for the respective permit type or fishery group. These pounds include both targeted and incidental catch taken by the respective permit. In the case of halibut landings, the pounds reflect net (headed and gutted) pounds of fish. For all other fisheries the harvests reflect "round" pounds. Round pounds standardize the weight of the delivered product so that harvests reflect the weight of the fish or shellfish at the time it was caught.

Represents estimated gross earnings from the total pounds landed for the permit type. Estimated gross earnings are derived from ex-vessel prices developed by the CFEC Research Section. When less than 10% of data has a price for a community or Census Area, the earnings are reported with a 'P'. It is sometimes necessary to report a 'P' for more than one fishery, or for the whole fishery group total for a community or Census Area.

The information on this page was last updated on August 23, 2016

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