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Restricted Access Management Program

Phone: (800) 304-4846 option #2 or (907) 586-7474; Fax: (907) 586-7354
Fax: (907) 586-7354

Restricted Access Management Program

The Restricted Access Management (RAM) Program supports Alaska Region efforts to ensure sustainable fisheries and promote fishing communities by issuing Federal fishing permits and other fishery authorizations to fishery participants; implementing fishery management programs, including requirements related to the determination of program eligibility and transfer of catch histories; implementing transferable allocation programs; issuing subsistence and charter permits; and providing advice and notifications to fishermen and the public on the interpretation of Federal fishing regulations.


  • North Pacific Fishery Management Council Requests for Emergency Actions: On February 10, 2021, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) made four recommendations to NOAA Fisheries for emergency or expedited changes to Federal fishing regulations.  NOAA Fisheries will analyze the Council’s recommendations and, if approved by the Secretary of Commerce, will publish a rule in the Federal Register. This process typically takes five to six weeks but the exact timing may vary for each action. Please see the questions and answers page about the Council’s requests for emergency action.
  • RAM is continuing to process permit application forms and transfers during COVID, and we encourage the public to submit permit applications that do not contain Personally Identifiable Information (PII) via email to  Please be aware that application processing time can take between 7-10 business days. If you need assistance but can't reach us via the phone, please send an email message to: