Alaska Board of Fisheries - Emergency Petitions

CDFU engagement in BOF emergency petitions on behalf of Area E fishermen.

CDFU Monitors and engages emergency petitions that have the potential to affect Area E waters and commercial fishermen. In rare instances circumstances may require regulatory changes outside the regular process. Emergency petitions may be submitted by any participant in fisheries of Alaska to the BOF outside the cycle of scheduled meetings. Emergency petitions must follow specific criteria as put forth by state policy. Read the full policy on emergency petitions.

The problems outlined in an emergency petition need to justify a finding of emergency. Through the review process ADF&G has 30 days to respond to all petitions submitted. Those findings are then presented to the Board of Fisheries for review. The BOF has 30 days to address these petitions and findings if at least two members wish to hold a meeting regarding any emergency petition. In accordance with state policy expressed in AS 44.62.270, emergencies are held to a minimum and are rarely found to exist.

KRSA- PWS Hatchery Emergency Petition #2

May 16th 2018

KSRA and several other entities submitted a second emergency petition in response to the Board of Fish finding of no emergency for their initial petition. 

The board called an emergency meeting on July 17th in Anchorage to discuss the second petition. New documentation and department comment has been published. CDFU wrote a letter to the BOF requesting they follow through with plans to have conversations with ADF&G and the public at the October Work session meeting. 

KRSA- PWS Hatchery Emergency Petition

This petition asked for the Board of Fish to consider the management options for fisheries supported by hatchery pink salmon in the Prince William Sound in response to amendments made to PWS hatchery management plans to increase pink salmon production. This petition was reviewed at the May 14th meeting and there was no finding of emergency by a vote of 3-3. 

Hatchery reports will be brought up at the October 17-18th Board of Fisheries work session. CDFU is working with partner organizations and PWS hatcheries on this issue. 

Nancy H. - Emergency Petition regarding pink salmon straying

An emergency petition was filed on Dec 30th 2017 regarding pink salmon straying in the Lower Cook Inlet. This petition asked that the BOF reform the Hatchery Committee and assess the production levels of Private Non-Profit hatcheries in Alaska. 

This petition was also submitted at the Southeast & Yakutat meeting and the statewide meeting. The BOF brought up the petition in Misc. business discussing the establishment of a hatchery committee and then came to a final decision that public conversation would be held at annual work session meetings.