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Board of Fisheries News
- Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Sitka February 23–March 3, 2015 (PDF 242 kB)
- Gulf of Alaska Walleye Pollock Workgroup to Meet February 18, 2015 (PDF 65 kB)
- Call for Proposals 2015–2016 (PDF 133 kB)
- Public Notice for Upcoming Board of Fisheries Meetings (PDF 207 kB)
- Alaska Board of Fisheries 2014–2015 Proposal Book
- Alaska Board of Fisheries 2014–2015 Meeting Schedule (PDF 32 kB)
- Alaska Board of Fisheries 2015–2016 Meeting Schedule (PDF 35 kB)
- Alaska Board of Fisheries 2016–2017 Meeting Schedule (PDF 57 kB)
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The Board of Fisheries will begin distributing notices for meetings, regulatory changes, proposals, and call for proposals electronically for the upcoming 2014-2015 meeting cycle. Receipt of hard copies will be available only upon request. All users are asked to sign up to continue receiving the information. If you are on an Advisory Committee, you do not need to sign up as your information has already been entered.
2014-2015 Proposal Book
The 2014-2015 Proposal Book Now Available Alaska Board of Fisheries 2014/2015 Cycle: Prince William Sound and Upper Copper/Upper Susitna Finfish; Southeast and Yakutat Crab, Shrimp and Misc. Shellfish; Southeast and Yakutat Finfish; and Statewide Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, Misc. Shellfish, and Supplemental Issues.
Online Comment Form Available
Public comments may now be submitted online.
Submit a Proposal Online for the 2015/2016 Cycle
The Alaska Board of Fisheries Calls for Proposed Changes in the Subsistence, Personal Use, Sport, Guided Sport, and Commercial Fishing Regulations for the Prince William Sound and Upper Copper/Upper Susitna Finfish and Southeast And Yakutat Finfish Areas, and Southeast And Yakutat Crab (King, Tanner, Dungeness), Shrimp, Miscellaneous Shellfish, and Statewide (Except Southeast and Yakutat Areas) Dungeness Crab, Shrimp, Miscellaneous Shellfish Areas.
Proposal Deadline: 5:00 p.m. April 10, 2015.
About the Board
The Alaska Board of Fisheries consists of seven members serving three-year terms. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature. Members are appointed on the basis of interest in public affairs, good judgment, knowledge, and ability in the field of action of the board, with a view to providing diversity of interest and points of view in the membership (see Alaska Statute 16.05.221).
The Board of Fisheries’ main role is to conserve and develop the fishery resources of the state. This involves setting seasons, bag limits, methods and means for the state’s subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries, and it also involves setting policy and direction for the management of the state’s fishery resources. The board is charged with making allocative decisions, and the department is responsible for management based on those decisions.
The board meeting cycle is three years long. (PDF 194 kB) . The Meetings generally occur from October through March. The Board of Fisheries meets four to six times per year in communities around the state to consider proposed changes to fisheries regulations around the state. The board uses the biological and socioeconomic information provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, public comment received from people inside and outside of the state, and guidance from the Alaska Department of Public Safety and Alaska Department of Law when creating regulations that are sound and enforceable.
Board of Fisheries Authority
The Board of Fisheries is established under Alaska Statute 16.05.221 for the purposes of the conservation and development of the fisheries resources of the state. The Board of Fisheries has the authority to adopt regulations described in AS 16.05.251 including: establishing open and closed seasons and areas for taking fish; setting quotas, bag limits, harvest levels and limitations for taking fish; and establishing the methods and means for the taking of fish. The regulations the Board of Fisheries has authority over are 5 AAC Chapters 1- 77.