Alaska Bycatch Review Task Force (ABRT) Overview

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. 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.

Among the work requested by Governor Dunleavy, the ABRT shall:

  1. Study what impacts bycatch has on fisheries.
  2. Evaluate and recommend policies informed by a better understanding of the issue of bycatch of high-value Alaska fishery resources.
  3. Ensure state agencies are leveraging available resources to better understand the issue of bycatch.
  4. Utilize the best available science to inform policy makers and the public about these issues.

The recommendations developed by the ABRT will be provided to the Governor through a final report. ABRT meetings are open to the public and opportunity for public comment will be provided at ABRT and ABRT subcommittee meetings.

For questions, comments, or to have your name added to the contact list for ABRT notices, please send an email to BycatchReview@alaska.gov.


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