Fish Habitat Permits
Alaska's fish habitat protection statutes were adopted shortly after statehood and reflect the longstanding Alaskan ideal that fishery resources and habitats are important for our quality of life and merit protection from unnecessary human disturbance. ADF&G has the statutory responsibility for protecting freshwater anadromous fish habitat and providing free passage for all fish in fresh water bodies (AS 16.05.841-871).
Most activities in waterbodies that support anadromous fish will require a Fish Habitat Permit. If your project involves water withdrawal or an activity that may have an impact on fish passage (culvert installation, temporary diversion, etc.) and the waterbody supports any species of fish you will likely need to obtain a Fish Habitat Permit.
Examples of activities that generally require a Fish Habitat Permit include, but are not limited to:
- culvert & bridge installation, maintenance, or removal;
- water withdrawal from any fish bearing water body;
- stream crossings with vehicles or equipment;
- dock & ramp construction or maintenance;
- mining for gold or sand/gravel;
- bank stabilization & restoration or habitat enhancement;
- hydroelectric facility construction or maintenance;
- installation of stream gauges, fish weirs, or other monitoring equipment; and
- any other activity that may affect fish or fish habitat.
For additional information contact the Habitat Section office closest to your project.