The majority of Alaska's federally managed fisheries are now accessed through the purchase of quota shares, known as "units."
Different questions and calculations are involved in making a decision to purchase federal quota shares vs. a State of Alaska limited entry permit.
Alaska Sea Grant has developed a spreadsheet to help analyze the costs and benefits of quota share purchases for both halibut and sablefish.
This Excel calculator analyzes costs whether you fish the quota on your own boat or on someone else’s. It also includes a converter to translate quota shares into poundage. Click to enable macros when opening.
Use the series of videos produced by Greg Fisk and the University of Minnesota to learn how to work with financial spreadsheets.
Instructions on how to use the Q-calc spreadsheet.