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.
KRSA participates fully in the public process of the BOF by submitting regulatory proposals to the BOF, reviewing, commenting and testifying on many other proposals, and participating in the BOF committee process to evaluate proposals. While necessarily more active in the Upper Cook Inlet meetings held every three years, KRSA attends every BOF meeting each year to monitor fishery conservation issues and allocation impacts to recreational users on a statewide basis. (Insert a picture of the BOF meeting)
KRSA monitors fishery management actions of ADFG, especially in-season activities that have fishery conservation consequences and impacts on deliveries of fish to in-river users. Where appropriate, KRSA works with ADFG on research to advance information for management of sustainable fisheries