Alaska Fish & Game

Alaska Department of Fish and Game and The Alaska Board of Fisheries

The Alaska Board of Fisheries (BOF) is charged with regulatory and allocative authority of state fisheries, while the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG) manages the fisheries. The Alaska Constitution mandates fishery resources be developed and maintained under the principle of sustained yields.  For salmon management, policies and programs promote the sustainability of stocks that are wild, abundant, and healthy.  Allocation of yields between users groups is the responsibility of the BOF.

Working through the public process, management policies such as the Sustainable Salmon Fisheries Policy, the Wild Trout Policy and other vital fishery conservation policies define fish habitat protection and sustainable levels of use of salmon resources, with priority given to protection of wild stocks.

The BOF reviews regional fisheries plans on a three-year cycle, with authority to act more quickly in emergency situations. ADFG management is based on the in-season abundance of salmon stocks to maintain adequate spawning escapements, with authority to open and close fisheries as needed.  Strong returns allow managers to liberalize harvests, while poor returns oblige managers to close harvests to provide for escapement needs crucial for long-term sustainable yields.


Issue Affecting You

It is important for charter and lodge owners, our clients, our supporters and the communities our fishing dollars support be aware of the actions being proposed at the Alaska Board of Fish and to TAKE ACTION when necessary. Check back here to follow the happenings at the Alaska Board of Fish and for opportunities to get involved by writing letters or testifying.