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Seafood Marketing Assessment
Historical Overview

AS 16.51.120
Alaska levies a seafood marketing assessment on seafood processed or first landed in Alaska. The state also levies the assessment on unprocessed fisheries products exported from Alaska. The Division collects the assessment from seafood processors and fishermen who export fishery resources out of Alaska.

The seafood marketing assessment is 0.5% of the value of seafood products exported from, processed, or first landed in Alaska.

Taxpayers file calendar year returns with payment before April 1 of the following year. Taxpayers file monthly returns for postseason (bonus) payments made to fishermen after the filing of the calendar year return. Returns for these payments are due with additional assessments by the last day of the month following the bonus payments.

Processors and fishermen who produce less than $50,000 worth of seafood products during a calendar year are exempt from the assessment.

The Division deposits all seafood marketing assessments into the General Fund. The legislature may appropriate funds to the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute


1981 - The legislature enacted an elective seafood marketing assessment of 0.1%, 0.2% or 0.3% (elected by large processors in Alaska). In 1981, processors elected a 0.3% assessment to take effect in calendar year 1982.

1996 - The legislature amended seafood marketing assessment statutes to include fishery resources landed in Alaska. The legislation was retroactive to January 1994. Prior to FY 96, revenue collected from the 0.3% portion of the original 3.3% landing tax rate was accounted for in a separate account designated as (landing tax) seafood marketing assessments.

2004 - The legislature directed the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI) to hold elections and determine whether to retain the assessment and a second election to determine whether to increase the assessment from 0.3% to 0.5%. Elections were held as prescribed by law. The vote retained the Seafood Marketing Assessment, increased the Seafood Marketing rate to 0.5% and eliminated the Salmon Marketing Tax effective January 1, 2005.