Adaptation actions address current and future impacts of climate change, increasing community resilience by safeguarding human health, infrastructure, and natural resources. As the only Arctic region in the country, Alaska is on the front lines of climate change, requiring both near-term and long-term adaptation solutions.

Left: Graduate students in UAF's Resilience and Adaptation Program pose for a photo in the lobby of the Akasofu Building on West Ridge. (UAF photo by Todd Paris)

Adaptive management of fish and game

Alaska Department of Fish & Game (DF&G)

In-season hunt management for wildlife species is routinely conducted by DF&G for species managed under a quota system. The Board of Game has authorized extension of hunting seasons by emergency orders at DF&G’s discretion (to accommodate local knowledge and changes in winter travel conditions). The Board has also adopted regulatory structures that allow seasons to be announced by emergency order where appropriate.

New information is incorporated every 3 years during DF&G’s escapement goal and stock assessment review. Management plans are adopted, if necessary, through the Board of Fisheries process.

To meet DF&G’s constitutional mandate to manage fish, wildlife and associated habitats consistent with the sustained yield principle, fisheries management in Alaska adapts to changing conditions through the processes set in state policies.

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Climate impact assistance
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Disease surveillance and control
Rural water and sanitation services
Strategic community planning
Sustainable agriculture
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