Resurrecting the Public Record: Assessing the Alaska’s Board of Fisheries process

Stakeholder participation is lauded as a key component of successful fisheries management, but few studies have characterized and assessed this participation to examine issues of equity, accessibility, and sustainability. Recently, Nautilus staff member Dr. Meagan Krupa presented an overview of her work to bring more than 50 years of Alaska’s Board of Fisheries (BOF) participant information to light to the Southcentral Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council at their October 29-30 meeting in Cordova, Alaska.

Dr. Krupa’s work was conducted as part of a multi-partner effort, the State of Alaska’s Salmon and People (SASAP). Co-led by Nautilus and NCEAS, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, SASAP is a knowledge synthesis that is designed to inform the future of management of Alaska’s wild salmon.

Using integrated data digitization and coding methods, Dr. Krupa developed a new method to analyze 19 different aspects (e.g., proposal topic, sector, species, statute, and outcome) of archived management proposals submitted to Alaska’s Board of Fish from 1959-2015.

Attended by local, state, and federal agencies as well as members from the public, the Board was interested in the many projects undertaken as part of SASAP, and had several questions about how to access and utilize the Board data. A digital copy of the presentation was given to the Board and SASAP booklets were distributed to the public.

The Board of Fish coded proposal dataset is publicly accessible online at


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