The Boards Support Section facilitates an effective board and public process for the state's fish and wildlife regulatory system.
- Ensure citizens participating in the fish and game regulatory process have clear and helpful information in advance to engage effectively.
- Provide and support an environment for board members to make effective decisions.
|Mission Results||Core Services|
|A: Result - The State's fishing, hunting, and trapping regulations are developed through a high level of effective citizen participation.|
|A1: Core Service - Ensure citizens participating in the fish and game regulatory process have clear and helpful information in advance to engage effectively.|
Target #1: Increase the number of public comments submitted during the regulatory meeting cycle.
Public Comments Submitted to Boards
Analysis of results and challenges: A goal of Boards Support Section is to continue to improve the channels of communication by the public to the boards. This has been achieved to some degree by improvements in an on-line comment system that has seen rapid growth in usage in the last few years. With each meeting cycle, the number of public comments is dependent on the status of the resources and its value to users, and the more contentious issues that occur with certain subjects.
The Board of Game received 1,315 total comments for the FY2018 regulatory meetings and work session, with a comment to proposal ratio of 7.9 The number of comments submitted in FY2018 nearly doubled compared to the previous two fiscal years. During FY2018, the Board of Game’s meeting cycle included regulatory changes to statewide provisions. Some of the proposals considered during that meeting concerned some unusual topics such as possession of feral cats, removing domestic sheep and goats from the category of animals allowed to be owned in Alaska, and falconry regulations. These topics generated a significant number of comments from the public. The prior statewide regulatory provisions meeting in FY2016 had some of the same topics plus a proposal to modify the boundary for taking wolves near Denali National Park. The public comments for that meeting was close to half the number received for FY2018.
The Board of Fisheries received a significant number of comments in FY2018, 60% more than FY2017. The Southeast and Yakutat Shellfish and Finfish meetings were heavily attended by stakeholders with several organized write-in efforts. There was also a special meeting called for a single issue for the Yakutat area that brought forward additional comments.
|A2: Core Service - Provide and support an environment for board members to make effective decisions.|
Target #1: Provide a sufficient amount of time for board members to address proposals.
Number of Proposals and Comments per Board Meeting Day
Analysis of results and challenges: A final goal for Boards Support is to create an environment where board members have adequate time to review proposals, public input, and staff reports, and make informed and reasoned decisions. The trend over the past five meeting cycles shows the Board of Fisheries addressed 9 to 12 proposals per meeting day and the Board of Game addressed 9-14 proposals per meeting day. This held true in FY2018. In regards to public comments, the Board of Fisheries considered a range of 24-65 comments per meeting day, while the Board of Game considered a range of 24-77 comments per meeting day. The range of proposals is somewhat consistent while the range of comments can vary significantly which is attributed to the types of issues considered by the boards. FY2018’s level of public comment was considerably higher for both boards.
The amount of days provided for the boards to complete their work is sufficient, yet intense. Both boards have large workloads during meetings. Meeting days last as long as 8 to 10 hours. The boards set their schedules prior to knowing the number of proposals before them. If the number of proposals increases over time, more meeting days will be needed in order for the boards to be able to make effective decisions. Continued budget reductions lead to a more demanding workload for board members, impacting their ability to carefully review comments and proposals prior to decisions.
Current as of October 23, 2018