RSW Purchase Program



In the interest of improving salmon quality and fishing income, BBEDC’s RSW Purchase Program offers grants to assist with the purchase of Refrigerated Sea Water (RSW) systems for qualifying commercial salmon operations.  The fisher will have the option to select an RSW unit of their choice to optimize chilling capacity. All payments will be made directly to the vendor.  This program is intended for vessels that have not previously used the Vessel Upgrade Grant Program for the purchase or installation of an RSW system.

RSW Purchase Program applicants must have a current Affidavit of Residency on file and proof of active participation in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery for the three previous consecutive salmon seasons.  Following grant distribution, the applicant must remain a resident in any of the 17 CDQ communities and remain an active participant in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery for the subsequent three consecutive salmon seasons using the vessel with the RSW system purchased through this program.  Applicants will need to provide a clear action plan for plumbing, housing, and providing the needed hydraulic capacity to run the chillers, they will also be expected to participate in a certified RSW operator’s course or provide documentation of having done so previously.  Prior to successful applicants receiving their RSW equipment, a certified technician must verify that the vessel is ready for the equipment to be installed and perform the initial system start-up after the installation is complete.

Potential applicants are encouraged to read the one-page RSW Considerations sheet prior to moving forward with the application process.  RSW Purchase Program applications are accepted year-round.


If you received an RSW system through the RSW Purchase Program in 2018-2020, you must supply the following to the Regional Fisheries Department:

  • Proof of actively participating in the Bristol Bay salmon fishery for the following three consecutive salmon seasons while using the vessel with the RSW system purchased through this program;
  • Proof of maintaining residency within the region for each year by completing the BBEDC Residency Affidavit Form.

Failure to supply these documents in a timely manner each year may result in an obligation to repay the grant funds received. If you have already submitted the information for the current year, thank you!

2021 RSW Purchase Program Application

For more information contact the Regional Fisheries Department at 842-4370 or 1-800-478-4370.