Board of Fisheries Forms
The deadline to submit proposed regulation changes for Lower Cook Inlet, Kodiak and Upper Cook Inlet finfish management areas for the 2023-2024 Board of Fisheries meeting cycle has passed. Please review the 2023/2024 Call for Proposals (PDF 290 kB) for more detailed information.
Proposal Deadline: April 10, 2023
Agenda Change Requests (ACRs)
The ACR deadline for the 2023-2024 Board of Fisheries meeting cycle is August 14, 2023.
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.
You may submit a completed Board of Fisheries Agenda Change Request Form (Word doc 26 kB) to the Board of Fisheries by:
Mail: Alaska Board of Fisheries
P.O. Box 115526
Juneau, AK 99811-5526
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.
About the Proposal Process
Call for Proposals Issued (PDF 290 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.
After the deadline for receiving proposals has passed, a proposal book is published which is distributed statewide for comment.
Public Comment Invited
The board accepts written public comment on proposals before each meeting. Submit written comments (100 single-sided pages or less) online on the Board of Fisheries home page; by mail 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.
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.
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.
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.