State of Alaska Special Status Species
State Endangered Species

The State of Alaska, Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) is responsible for determining and maintaining a list of endangered species in Alaska under AS 16.20.190. A species or subspecies of fish or wildlife is considered endangered when the Commissioner of ADF&G determines that its numbers have decreased to such an extent as to indicate that its continued existence is threatened.

The State Endangered Species List currently includes two birds (Short-tailed Albatross and Eskimo Curlew) and three marine mammals (blue whale, humpback whale, and right whale). You can find information on the ecology, life history, identification, uses, research, and management for these five species by clicking on the species name in the list to the right.

The five State listed species are also listed as endangered under the federal Endangered Species Act (ESA). Additional information about how these species became listed under the ESA can be found on the Federal Endangered Species page.

Protection of Habitat

By law, the Commissioners of the Alaska Departments of Fish and Game and Natural Resources must take measures to preserve the natural habitat of fish and wildlife species that are recognized as threatened with extinction. You can find details on protection of habitat in AS 16.20.185.


To determine if your project will impact threatened or endangered species, contact the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service. These two agencies are responsible for conducting formal and informal Endangered Species Act Section 7 consultations for projects that may impact threatened and endangered species.

For more information on State of Alaska endangered species, contact the Acting ADF&G Endangered Species Coordinator at (907) 267-2877 or