Welcome to the Alaska Board of Fisheries
- Alaska Board of Fisheries to Meet in Valdez December 1-5, 2017 (PDF 108 kB)
- Notice of Proposed Changes in Regulations, 2017-2018 cycle (PDF 166 kB)
- Alaska Board of Fisheries 2017–2018 Meeting Schedule (PDF 131 kB)
- Alaska Board of Fisheries 2018–2019 Meeting Schedule (PDF 73 kB)
2017-2018 Meeting Cycle Information
The Board of Fisheries 2017-2018 cycle is as follows. Click on any meeting link for more info, or click "Meeting Information" on the left menu.
- Work Session, Oct. 17-19, 2017, Anchorage
- Prince William Sound finfish, December 1-5, 2017, Valdez (Comments due November 17). Training opportunity on how to navigate the board process Dec. 1 at the noon break.
- Southeast and Yakutat shellfish (Jan. 11-14) and finfish (Jan. 15-23), Sitka (Comments due December 28, 2017)
- Statewide (except Southeast and Yakutat) Dungeness crab, shrimp, and miscellaneous shellfish, March 6-9, 2018, Anchorage (Comments due February 23, 2018)
The Alaska Board of Fisheries 2017–2018 Proposal Book is now available. Contact us at 907-465-4110 to request a hard copy.
Agenda change requests (ACRs) are available for review
ACRs will be considered at the October 17-19, 2017 work session. Comments on ACRs can be submitted below.
The Board of Fisheries invites you to share your comments.
Alternative ways to comment:
- Mail: ADF&G Boards Support, P.O. Box 115526, Juneau, AK, 99811-5526
- Fax: 907-465-6094
- PDF submission (PDFs only; one PDF per person/organization)
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The Board of Fisheries provides notices for meetings, regulatory changes, proposals, and calls for proposals electronically. Sign up here to receive information on your areas and regions of interest. (Advisory Committee members are automatically signed up.) To request information by hard copy, please contact us at 907-465-4110.
About the Board
The Alaska Board of Fisheries consists of seven members serving three-year terms. Members are appointed by the governor and confirmed by the legislature. Members are appointed on the basis of interest in public affairs, good judgment, knowledge, and ability in the field of action of the board, with a view to providing diversity of interest and points of view in the membership (see Alaska Statute 16.05.221).
The Board of Fisheries' main role is to conserve and develop the fishery resources of the state. This involves setting seasons, bag limits, methods and means for the state's subsistence, commercial, sport, guided sport, and personal use fisheries, and it also involves setting policy and direction for the management of the state's fishery resources. The board is charged with making allocative decisions, and the department is responsible for management based on those decisions.
The board has a three-year meeting cycle (PDF 147 kB). The meetings generally occur from October through March. The Board of Fisheries meets four to six times per year in communities around the state to consider proposed changes to fisheries regulations around the state. The board uses the biological and socioeconomic information provided by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, public comment received from people inside and outside of the state, and guidance from the Alaska Department of Public Safety and Alaska Department of Law when creating regulations that are sound and enforceable.
Board of Fisheries Authority
The Board of Fisheries is established under Alaska Statute 16.05.221 for the purposes of the conservation and development of the fisheries resources of the state. The Board of Fisheries has the authority to adopt regulations described in AS 16.05.251 including: establishing open and closed seasons and areas for taking fish; setting quotas, bag limits, harvest levels and limitations for taking fish; and establishing the methods and means for the taking of fish. The regulations the Board of Fisheries has authority over are 5 AAC Chapters 1- 77.
Contact the Boards Support main office at (907) 465-4110, or see detailed contact information.