Alaska Fisheries Conservation Alliance

Protecting Alaska's Fish.


To conserve fisheries in urban areas of Alaska for all its citizens.

What Do You Have to Say?

People are passionate about protecting fisheries in Alaska.

Set nets are the only gear type that require site development in the shore, thus involves property interests that often infringe, encroach on riparian/littoral rights of the private upland owner to navigable deep water beyond low water mark.
— Paul Liley

‘Personal use’ use was originally adopted to include all residents regardless of race or lifestyle. If you are a resident you can personal use fish. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live in Alaska. End of discussion…This proposal would help managers comply with current law.
— Mike Fox

We sell our crude oil, through taxation, to industry. It works out well because we, as individuals, have little use for crude oil.

We give most of our fish to industry. This doesn’t work out so well because a lot of residents are not getting the fish they need for their personal use.

Consider the situation in the area surrounding Juneau.

The federal government has designated the 32,000 Juneau residents as urban and disqualified them from participating in any federally managed subsistence fisheries.

The state government has designated the Juneau area a “non subsistence use area” and prohibits all subsistence fishing. The state has also banned personal use fishing for king and coho salmon throughout SE Alaska. (5AAC 77.682 c)

Yet, in the same waters where residents are denied subsistence and personal use fishing opportunities, the commercial fishing industry thrives. We are giving our fish to an industry, while depriving ourselves of any reasonable opportunities to fulfill our own personal use, or subsistence, fishing needs.

Further; while depriving ourselves, we allow any commercial fishermen, from anywhere, to efficiently fulfill their personal use fishing needs without limit. (5AAC 39.010) (AS.16.05.940 {5} {25})

For example:

Juneau is surrounded by waters open to commercial fishing for coho salmon.

While a commercial fisherman from Bellingham can catch unlimited cohos for sale and personal use, a resident of Juneau cannot catch any for personal use.

While a Kenai resident struggles to fulfill their personal use needs with a dip net, a Cook Inlet gill net fisherman can efficiently take an unlimited amount of personal use fish for his family and friends in Washington.

This is not an either/or situation. For example:

We can continue to allow commercial gill net fishing near Juneau in Taku Inlet. We could also allow efficient personal use gill net fishing in Taku Inlet.

Alaskan residents own the fish. While we continue to give most of them to industry, we should be allowed a reasonable opportunity to efficiently fulfill our own personal use needs as required by AS.05.251 (d).
— Mike Fox