Alaska Legislative Sunset Drops Surcharge from Fishing Licenses - P.O.W. Report

Friday, January 22, 2021

Alaska Legislative Sunset Drops Surcharge from Fishing Licenses

From Southeast Alaska Guides Organization:

ADF&G  lowered the cost of fishing licenses effective January 1, 2021.  Both resident and non-resident fishing licenses no longer have the surcharge added in 2006 to pay for fish hatchery construction in Anchorage and Fairbanks, and increase king salmon hatchery production in Southeast Alaska.  The bill creating the surcharges stipulated that they would sunset when bond payments for the two hatcheries were satisfied.

These are the new fees for non-resident fishing classes:


A link to all current ADF&G pricing, including resident, non-resident military, and resident/non-resident combination licenses is Here.

Though a reduction in license fees may seem a step in the right direction, Southeast stands to lose important hatchery king production made possible by surcharge-generated funds.  The extra king production provides valuable opportunity for both resident and non-resident anglers, and the troll fleet. 

SEAGO will be supporting a Governor’s bill slated to be taken up this legislative session that would reinstate the lapsed surcharges and reestablish funding to Southeast hatchery king projects.  If the legislature passes the bill, the effective date for adding back a surcharge could be as early as July 1, 2021.

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