Alaska Bycatch Advisory Council and Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force (ABRT) Overview

On March 10, 2023, the Commissioner of Fish and Game established the Bycatch Advisory Council to advise the department on ways to implement the recommendations contained within the final report of the Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force.

  1. Commissioner's Order #1 (PDF 284 kB)
  2. BAC Operating Procedures (PDF 86 kB)

EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS: If you would like to sign up to receive Bycatch Advisory Council meeting notifications, please contact the Department of Fish & Game staff by email at .

WRITTEN COMMENTS: Written comments will be accepted by the Bycatch Advisory Council by email at Please include your full name and contact information. Issue comments will be provided to BAC members and publicly posted.

Governor Dunleavy created the Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force (ABRT) to help better understand unintended bycatch of high value fishery resources in State and federal waters. Administrative Order #326 was signed on November 18, 2021 and defines bycatch as fish which are harvested in a fishery but are not sold or kept.

The final report of the ABRT (PDF 18,204 kB) was published on December 8, 2022 and contains recommendations for the Governor on research, state engagement, and management measures related to bycatch.

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