Key Performance Indicators
To protect, maintain, and improve the fish, game, and aquatic plant resources of the state, and manage their use and development in the best interest of the economy and the well-being of the people of the state, consistent with the sustained yield principle. Alaska Constitution Article 8, Sec. 4; AS 16.05.020(2)
Key Performance Indicators
- Target: Update and maintain the Community Subsistence Information System (CSIS), an online public information resource, by including all studies completed during the fiscal year.
- Target: Return sport fishing license sales and revenue collection to 2008 levels to ensure excellence in fisheries management and research for the benefit of sport anglers, the state's economy, and future generations of Alaskans.
Target #2: Maintain total annual value of commercial harvests at over $1 billion annually.
Exvessel Value of Commercial Harvests in Alaska
Target #3: Enhance angler opportunity by meeting annual projections for number of fish and number of locations stocked as indicated in the Division's updates to the Statewide Stocking Plan.
Comparison of Planned v Actual for Number of Release Sites and Numbers Released
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Target #1: Achieve salmon escapement goals in 80% of monitored systems.
Salmon Escapement Goals Achieved
The division annually deploys and operates numerous weirs, counting towers, and sonar sites to conduct escapement counts. Aerial and foot surveys are also used extensively in the absence of other means of counting escapement.
In 2016, there were 287 salmon escapement goals in Alaska. Of the stocks with goals, 242 were adequately assessed in 2016 and of those, 72% met or exceeded their escapement goal. For Chinook salmon, there are currently 66 stock specific goals. Despite improvements in meeting Chinook salmon escapement goals statewide since 2012, 2016 saw a decrease to 54%. For pink salmon, there are currently 38 escapement goals in even years. In 2016, only 47% of the pink salmon goals were met or exceeded. There was a decrease in percentage of meeting escapement goals for sockeye, chum and coho salmon as well, but not to the extent of Chinook or pink salmon. For sockeye salmon, 86% of the goals were met –down 1% from 2015. For chum salmon, 77% of the goals were met.
Target #2: Update and maintain the Community Subsistence Information System (CSIS), an online public information resource, by including all studies completed during the fiscal year.
Number of Community Studies Formatted for Community Database
|3: Customer Service and Public Involvement|
Target #1: Increase sales of hunting and trapping licenses to the three-year average.
Sales of Hunting and Trapping Licenses
The most common resident license is the Hunt/Sport Fish license.
One incentive for hunters and trappers to buy licenses is confidence that game populations are abundant and that there are good opportunities to hunt and harvest game. The increased number of resident hunters may be a direct result of our Hunter Education program activities. Non-resident numbers likely reflect the state of the economy, as well as increased energy and airfare costs.
In the 2016 legislative session HB137 was passed to increase license fees for both resident and non-resident hunters and fishermen. The increase became effective on 1/1/17, however 2017 licenses were available for purchase well before that date. As a result hunters were able to purchase their 2017 licenses at the reduced 2016 rate. This resulted in a spike of license purchases in 2016.
Target #2: Return sport fishing license sales and revenue collection to 2008 levels to ensure excellence in fisheries management and research for the benefit of sport anglers, the state's economy, and future generations of Alaskans.
Fishing Licenses Issued by Calendar Year
Target #3: Adjudicate claims to permits in the 66 presently limited fisheries by 2020.
As explained in the following analyses accompanying Strategy A #1, Targets #1 and 2, the quality of Commission decisions is critical, because their reversal by the Alaska Supreme Court can undermine the limitation of entire fisheries on which the fishing industry and the public rely. Consequently, the Commission can never sacrifice quality for quantity in its decisions.
Current as of December 3, 2019