History of Subsistence Management in Alaska
|Pre-1867||For thousands of years, Alaska Natives harvest fish and wildlife resources.
|1867–1959||Following the Alaska Purchase, the Federal government manages Alaska's fish and wildlife resources.
|1960||The Federal government transfers the authority to manage fish and wildlife in Alaska to the new State government.
|1971||Congress passes the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), which conveys to Alaska Natives title to more than 40 million acres of land and nearly $ 1 billion in compensation. ANCSA also extinguishes aboriginal hunting and fishing rights. The Conference Committee report expresses the expectation that the Secretary of the Interior and the State of Alaska would take the action necessary to protect the subsistence needs of Alaska Natives.
|1978||State subsistence law creates a priority for subsistence use over all other uses of fish and wildlife, but does not define subsistence users.|
|1980||Congress passes the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), which protects the subsistence needs of rural Alaskans.|
|1982||The Alaska Board of Fisheries and Game adopts regulations creating a rural subsistence priority. The State program is in compliance with ANILCA.|
|1989||The Alaska Supreme Court rules that the rural residency preference violates the Alaska Constitution.|
|1990||The Federal government begins managing subsistence hunting, trapping and fishing on Alaska’s Federal public lands and non-navigable waters.|
|1992||The Federal government adopts final subsistence management regulations for Federal public lands.|
|1993||Federal Regional Advisory Councils are established.|
|1995||The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rules that the Federal Subsistence Board should expand its management of subsistence fisheries to include all navigable waters in which the United States holds reserve water rights, such as waters on or next to wildlife refuges, national parks, and national forests. Congressional moratoriums prevent this ruling from taking effect until October 1, 1999.|
Federal subsistence management expands to include fisheries on all Federal public lands and waters.
|2009||Secretary of the Interior announces comprehensive review of the Federal Subsistence Management Program.
|2010||Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture announce their decision to make a number of changes to the program.<<read more>>