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Our ocean and coasts affect us — and we affect them. Almost 40 percent of the country’s population lives in coastal shoreline counties. These counties contribute $6.6 trillion to the U.S. economy. Climate change, sea level rise, more intense storms, and population growth are all challenges for our coastal communities. The National Ocean Service helps decision makers find solutions. We are the nation’s leader in observing, measuring, assessing, protecting, and managing coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes areas.

The two main components of currents are speed and direction. To measure currents, buoys are equipped with Global Positioning System technology or satellite communications that relay data and information.

The Center for Operational Oceanographic Products and Services (CO-OPS) and its predecessors have gathered oceanographic data along our nation's coasts for over 200 years to protect life, property, and the environment. Serving both the public and other government agencies, CO-OPS is the authoritative source for accurate, reliable, and timely water-level and current measurements that support safe and efficient maritime commerce, sound coastal management, and recreation.

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Regulations and Board Process

Alaska’s process for enacting fish and wildlife regulations is an outstanding example of an open public process. The structure ensures that a wide range of needs and values are addressed through a high level of public involvement and scrutiny. In addition, the administrative framework helps ensure that pressures from specific interest groups do not influence the departments’ job to sustainably management fish and wildlife. Learn more…

  • Commissioner

    The commissioner is the principal executive for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game; responsible for the protection, management, conservation, and restoration of Alaska's fish and game resources.

    • Board of Game

      The Board of Game (BOG) is responsible for considering and adopting regulations to allocate resources between user groups; establish wildlife conservation areas, hunting seasons, bag limits, harvest means and methods; and establish disposal or propagation programs. The enabling statute for the BOG is AS 16.05.255.

      • Board of Fisheries

        The Board of Fisheries (BOF) is responsible for considering and adopting regulations to allocate resources between user groups; establish fish reserves and conservation areas, fishing seasons, quotas, and bag limits size restrictions, means and methods, habitat protection, stock enhancement; and to develop commercial, subsistence, sport and personal use fisheries. The enabling statute for the BOF is AS 16.05.251.

      • Joint Boards

        The BOF and BOG meet jointly at the call of the commissioner or to resolve issues and consider matters such as nonsubsistence use areas, the advisory committee system, and recommendations for commissioner appointment. Statutes describing the joint boards and the subsistence law include AS 16.05.258 and AS 16.05.315. Regulations enacted by the joint boards are found in the Alaska Administrative Code (AAC), Title 5, Chapters 96 and 99.

      • Advisory Committees

        Advisory Committees are “grass roots” volunteer groups that are a local voice for recommendations on management of Alaska’s fish and wildlife resources. There are 81 state advisory committees tasked to meet, write proposals, provide formal comments, and testify at board meetings. The enabling statute for the AC system is AS 16.05.260. Regulations governing the ACs are found in the Alaska Administrative Code (AAC), Title 5, Chapters 96 – 97.

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