Commercial fishing is a unique industry. Unlike most trades, there aren't traditional trainings, certifications, or programs designed specifically for Alaska's commercial fishing industry. 

That's where we come in.

Our Courses

Whether you've never been on a boat before or you're a seasoned fisherman looking to start or grow your own operation, we've got you covered.

Zero to Deckhand

Become a commercial fisherman!

This course is designed to get you into Alaska's commercial fishing industry. You'll learn everything from the basics of the fishing industry itself, to the different vessels and gear types, how to prepare to go fishing, how to get your first deckhand job, crew contracts, taxes and finances for deckhands, and more.

Captain's Course

Looking to start or grow your own fishing operation?

This course teaches experienced fishermen the ins and outs of investing in Alaska's fisheries. We'll walk you through the process of buying, selling, and leasing vessels, permits and quota. You'll learn the limited entry permit system, the IFQ system, fisheries regulation and management, taxes and finances for skippers, crew contracts, advocacy, and more.

Nice to meet you!

Sisters Maddie and Molly were raised in a commercial fishing family in Homer, Alaska - the halibut capital of the WORLD. They now work together at the family business, Alaska Boats & Permits, which was founded by their dad, Doug Bowen, in 1997 and has grown to be Alaska's largest marine brokerage.

Maddie Lightsey

Maddie studied political science and international affairs at the University of Colorado before making her way back home to join the family business. She is on the board of the North Pacific Fisheries Association, completed the North Pacific Marine Resource Education Program, and has spoken at the Alaska Young Fishermen's Summit, the Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association's Expo, and the Bristol Bay Fish Expo, and organized other informational sessions and workshops for commercial fishermen. Maddie is passionate about breaking down barriers to entry in the commercial fishing industry and helping new operators invest in their fisheries. She particularly enjoys the policy and regulatory side of the industry, regularly attending BOF, NPFMC, and IPHC meetings.

Molly Bowen

Molly attended New York University in Florence, Italy, the University of Colorado, and the University of Alaska. She spent a few summers fishing for sockeye salmon in Bristol Bay, Alaska. After school, she solo backpacked around Eastern Europe before moving back to Alaska and starting at Alaska Boats & Permits where she puts the determination and grit she's known for to use helping fishermen invest in their operations. Outside of work, Molly is an outdoor enthusiast, an avid artist, and an endless adventure seeker.

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