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Loan Programs

Commercial Fishing Loan Fund

Vessel Upgrade or Gear Purchase/Upgrade - Section B


The following types of loans are available under this loan purpose category:

  • All types of vessel upgrades (for product quality improvement, see PQI page)
  • Gear purchases
  • Engine rebuilds
  • Engine replacements (for engine fuel efficiency, see engine fuel efficiency upgrade page)


  • At least 25% of applicant's total gross income for past 2 years was from commercial fishing;
  • Applicant lacks training or employment opportunities in areas of residence other than commercial fishing;
  • Applicant is not eligible for financing from a recognized commercial lender.

Section B applicants may not have received a prior loan under Section A unless the loan requested under Section A was for engine fuel efficiency or the purchase of a limited entry permit.

Lending Limit

  • The total balances outstanding on all loans made under Section B of the Commercial Fishing Loan Program may not exceed $200,000.
  • The total outstanding balances on all loans made under the program may not exceed $400,000.

Collateral Requirements

  • Generally, the maximum loan amount for a loan secured by a documented vessel is 75% of the survey value (65% for AK vessels).
  • The maximum loan amount may be increased by offering additional collateral.

Terms and Conditions

  • Interest rate will be fixed at the time of loan approval. Current Interest Rates 
  • Maximum loan term is 15 years.
  • Borrower is responsible for all direct costs incurred in processing an application.


  • A $100 application fee must accompany all applications.
  • An Origination Fee of 1% of the loan amount will be deducted from your loan proceeds at closing.

Vessel Upgrade or Gear Purchase/Upgrade - Section B Loan Application Package

A separate application and fee is required for each type of loan.


The following Commercial Fishing Vessel or Gear Purchase/Upgrade Application pages are in PDF format. You will need Adobe Reader in order to view/print them. Acrobat Reader is distributed freely and available for download from Adobe®.

Loan Application

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