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Fisheries managers in Alaska

Posted: November 30, 2013 - 2:30pm

North Pacific Fishery Management Council: A 16-member board comprised of 11 voting members and five nonvoting members from the fishing industry and government agencies that sets policy and creates regulations for federal fisheries three to 200 miles offshore from Alaska. The council has delegated management of salmon fisheries in federal waters of Cook Inlet, Prince William Sound and the Alaska Peninsula to the state. Southeast king salmon troll fisheries are managed by the U.S. and Canadian federal governments under the Pacific Salmon Treaty.

Board of Fisheries: A seven-member board comprised of laypeople with fisheries experience representing various areas of the state and user groups who make allocative and management decisions for state-waters fisheries. Any member of the public may submit proposals to be considered by the board. The board meets several times per year, and considers each state water fishery every three years.

Alaska Department of Fish and Game: The state agency is responsible for day-to-day management of fisheries following the plans and regulations that have been set by the Board of Fisheries.

Pacific Salmon Commission: The body created by the Pacific Salmon Treaty to oversee salmon in the Pacific ocean, Southeast Alaska and Canada, which helps monitor and set policy for salmon runs that cross the border between the U.S. and Canada. The commission’s Yukon River Panel is responsible for achieving sustainable escapement of king salmon across the border into Canada.

— Molly Dischner

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