Office of Fisheries Development

Regional Seafood Development Associations

Application Development Period

The Department of Commerce, Community & Economic Development may receive applications by organizations wishing to qualify as a RSDA. RSDAs, once formed, will have the ability to hold elections among fishing permit categories, to establish a tax on fish harvests for marketing, infrastructure, and other economic development efforts.

Any person or parties interested in applying as an RSDA is encouraged to provide written notice addressing several items.

When providing written notice, an organization will describe its:

  1. Proposed mission statement
  2. Proposed management structure
  3. Proposed economic development goals and strategies
  4. Plan to involve all eligible commercial fishing permit holders from fisheries in each seafood development region for which the association seeks designation as a qualified regional seafood development associations
  5. Mechanisms to administer state financial assistance fairly
  6. Attempts to gain support from commercial fishing permit holders from fisheries in each seafood development region for which the organization seeks designation as a qualified regional seafood development association.

Each organization submitting written notice must also do so electronically. Notice must be no more than five (5) pages, not including attachments.

RSDA Regulations 3 AAC 149 (effective February 24, 2005)

Statutes for Regional Seafood Development Associations