Regulations and Board Process
Alaska’s process for enacting fish and wildlife regulations is an outstanding example of an open public process. The structure ensures that a wide range of needs and values are addressed through a high level of public involvement and scrutiny. In addition, the administrative framework helps ensure that pressures from specific interest groups do not influence the departments’ job to sustainably management fish and wildlife. Learn more…
The commissioner is the principal executive for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; responsible for the protection, management, conservation, and restoration of Alaska's fish and game resources.
The Board of Game (BOG) is responsible for considering and adopting regulations to allocate resources between user groups; establish wildlife conservation areas, hunting seasons, bag limits, harvest means and methods; and establish disposal or propagation programs. The enabling statute for the BOG is AS 16.05.255.
The Board of Fisheries (BOF) is responsible for considering and adopting regulations to allocate resources between user groups; establish fish reserves and conservation areas, fishing seasons, quotas, and bag limits size restrictions, means and methods, habitat protection, stock enhancement; and to develop commercial, subsistence, sport and personal use fisheries. The enabling statute for the BOF is AS 16.05.251.
The BOF and BOG meet jointly at the call of the commissioner or to resolve issues and consider matters such as nonsubsistence use areas, the advisory committee system, and recommendations for commissioner appointment. Statutes describing the joint boards and the subsistence law include AS 16.05.258 and AS 16.05.315. Regulations enacted by the joint boards are found in the Alaska Administrative Code (AAC), Title 5, Chapters 96 and 99.
Advisory Committees are “grass roots” volunteer groups that are a local voice for recommendations on management of Alaska’s fish and wildlife resources. There are 81 state advisory committees tasked to meet, write proposals, provide formal comments, and testify at board meetings. The enabling statute for the AC system is AS 16.05.260. Regulations governing the ACs are found in the Alaska Administrative Code (AAC), Title 5, Chapters 96 – 97.