Board of Fisheries Forms

Submitting Comments

The Board of Fisheries invites you to share your comments. On-time comments are due as follows:

Or see detailed info on comments, including late comments and ways to submit.


Proposals will be accepted for the 2020-2021 meeting cycle starting in December 2019/January 2020. Regions and fisheries being considered:

  • Prince William Sound Finfish and Shellfish (except shrimp)**
  • Southeast/Yakutat Finfish and Shellfish
  • Statewide (except SE/Yakutat/PWS) Shellfish

The proposal form and the call for proposals, detailing regions and fisheries the board will be considering, will be posted here at that time.

Proposals can also be submitted using the Fill in, Print & Submit Proposal Form. (Word doc 29 kB)

Agenda Change Requests (ACRs)

ACRs are requests to consider proposals that aren't part of the current cycle. Read the Agenda Change Request Submission Policy (PDF 8 kB) for further info.

The ACR deadline for this cycle was August 26, 2019 (60 days prior to fall worksession).

Emergency Petitions

The Boards of Fisheries and Game recognize that in rare instances circumstances may require regulatory changes outside the regular process. The problem outlined in an emergency petition needs to justify a finding of emergency. In accordance with state policy expressed in AS 44.62.270, emergencies will be held to a minimum and are rarely found to exist. Read the full policy on emergency petitions (PDF 25 kB) or contact the Boards Support office for information at (907) 465-4110.

The Three-Year Cycle

Proposals are considered for each region once every three years, on the schedule outlined below. Proposals are typically accepted from December-April on subjects scheduled for the upcoming cycle.

  1. Meeting years: 2021-2022 (proposals due April 2021), 2024-2025, 2027-2028
    • Alaska Peninsula/Bering Sea-Aleutian Island/Chignik Areas Finfish
    • Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim Areas Finfish
    • Bristol Bay Area Finfish
    • Statewide Provisions for Finfish
  2. Meeting years: 2019-2020 (proposals due April 2019), 2022-2023, 2025-2026, 2028-2029
    • Cook Inlet Area Finfish
    • Kodiak Area Finfish
    • Statewide (except Southeast/Yakutat, and Prince William Sound Tanner Crab) King and Tanner Crab*
  3. Meeting years: 2020-2021 (proposals due April 2020), 2023-2024, 2026-2027, 2029-2030
    • Prince William Sound Finfish and Shellfish (except shrimp)**
    • Southeast/Yakutat Finfish and Shellfish
    • Statewide (except SE/Yakutat/PWS) Shellfish

*Starting in 2020-2021, the Statewide (except Southeast/Yakutat/PWS Tanner Crab) King & Tanner Crab meeting will become part of Statewide (except SE/Yakutat/PWS) Shellfish. Starting in 2022-2023, this meeting cycle will have only two meetings, Cook Inlet Finfish and Kodiak Finfish.

**Starting in 2023, Prince William Sound Finfish and Shellfish will include shrimp.

The board may also consider subsistence proposals for other topics (including other areas), if proposals are submitted by the typical annual deadline in April and the board determines they meet the criteria in either 5 AAC 96.615(a)(1) or (2).

About the Proposal Process

  1. Call for Proposals Issued (PDF 150 kB)

    Each board determines what subjects will be considered at their meetings during the coming year and then issues a "Call for Proposals" for those subjects, including a deadline for receiving proposals.

  2. Proposal Books Distributed

    After the deadline for receiving proposals has passed, a proposal book is published which is distributed statewide for comment.

  3. Public Comment Invited

    The board accepts written public comment on proposals before each meeting. Submit written comments (100 single-sided pages or less) online; via email, with all comments attached as a single PDF; to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Boards Support Section, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK 99811-5526; or by fax to (907) 465-6094.

    Comments are due two weeks prior to the meeting during which the topic will be considered.

    After the comment deadline, written comments are accepted via fax and in person at the meeting. Comments are limited to 10 single-sided pages in length from any one individual or group, and will not be inserted in board member workbooks until the beginning of the meeting. Once deliberation of proposals begin at a board meeting, the board will ONLY accept written public comments that are not more than five single-sided pages, or the equivalent double-sided pages, unless specific information is requested by the Board that requires more pages than allowed under this standard.

  4. Board Meeting Held

    At the board meetings, the board hears reports from department staff and comments from the public. The board deliberates each proposal and acts by either adopting, rejecting, or amending proposals. The board meetings are open to the public during the entire process, with the exception of executive sessions which are rare and held only for issues of pending legislation, personnel, or confidential matters.

  5. Regulation Filed

    Adopted or amended proposals are then written into the proper legal format and submitted to the Department of Law for review and sent to the lieutenant governor for filing before becoming effective.

  6. Summary of Actions Distributed

    Staff prepare a written report summarizing the actions taken by the board to explain the reasons for the board’s actions. The reports are distributed to advisory committees and posted on the website.