Special Action Request

A Special Action is an out-of-cycle change in a season, harvest limit, or method of harvest. Special Actions are taken when unusual situations arise, such as a significant change in resource abundance that could not reasonably have been anticipated. The Federal Subsistence Board may take a Special Action to restrict, close, open, or reopen the taking of fish and wildlife on Federal public lands. Such actions are taken to ensure the continued viability of a particular fish or wildlife population, to ensure continued subsistence use, or for reasons of public safety or administration. These guidelines and requirements can be found in 50 CFR Part 100, Subpart B, ยง100.19.

To submit a Special Action request, please provide the following information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Fax number
  • E-mail address
  • Organization (if applicable)
  • Describe the action you are requesting. Reference the current regulations you wish to change.
  • Have there been unusual or significant changes in resource abundance or unusual conditions affecting harvest opportunities that could not reasonably have been anticipated and that potentially could have significant adverse effects on the health of fish and wildlife populations or subsistence users?
  • Is the requested action needed for reasons of public safety or administration?
  • What are the extenuating circumstances that necessitate a regulatory change before the next regulatory review?

Submit your request by:


Office of Subsistence Management
Attn: Subsistence Policy Coordinator
1011 East Tudor Road, Mail Stop 121
Anchorage, Alaska 99503

Fax: (907) 786-3898

E-mail: subsistence@fws.gov