To protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of the state, and manage their use and development in the best interest of the economy and the well-being of the people of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle.
Seeking excellence in carrying out its responsibilities under state and federal law, the department will:
- Provide for the greatest long-term opportunities for people to use and enjoy Alaska’s fish, wildlife, and habitat resources.
- Improve public accessibility to, and encourage active involvement by the public in, the department’s decision-making processes.
- Build a working environment based on mutual trust and respect between the department and the public, and among department staff.
- Maintain the highest standards of scientific integrity and provide the most accurate and current information possible.
- Foster professionalism in department staff, promote innovative and creative resource management, and provide ongoing training and education for career development.
- Provide opportunities to utilize fish and wildlife resources.
- Ensure sustainability and harvestable surplus of fish and wildlife resources.
- Provide information on Alaska fish and wildlife resources to all customers.
- Involve the public in management of fish and wildlife resources.
- Protect the state's sovereignty to manage fish and wildlife resources.
- Protect important fish and wildlife habitat during permit and project review.
- Optimize economic benefits from fish and wildlife resources.
- Optimize public participation in fish and wildlife pursuits.
- Increase public knowledge and confidence that wild populations of fish and wildlife are responsibly managed.