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Call for Proposals for 2018/2019 (PDF 54 kB)

The Board is accepting proposed changes to the subsistence, personal use, sport, guided sport, and commercial fishing regulations for the Bristol Bay, Arctic-Yukon-Kuskokwim, Alaska Peninsula-Aleutian Islands-Bering Sea-Chignik, and Statewide finfish management areas. The board may also consider subsistence proposals for other topics (including other areas) under the subsistence proposal policy, 5 AAC 96.615, if proposals are submitted within this deadline and the board determines they meet the criteria in either 5 AAC 96.615(a)(1) or (2).

Proposal Deadline: Tuesday, April 10, 2018

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

Current & Upcoming Meetings

For past meeting info, see "Meeting Information" on the left menu.

Submit Comments

The Board of Fisheries invites you to share your comments.

You can also see detailed info, including late commenting and alternate ways to comment.

2017-2018 Proposals

Proposals that will be considered by the Board during the 2017-2018 cycle are available here. Contact us at (907) 465-4110 to request a hard copy.


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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 Us

Contact the Boards Support main office at (907) 465-4110, or see detailed contact information.