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DOI - 1534 - Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameYukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1534
Original Establishment Date1/19/1993Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*13
Current Charter Date12/13/2019Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Council Coordinator
Date Of Renewal Charter12/13/2021Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Eva
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Patton
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 3115 (1988)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 786-3358
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 786-3898
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Council typically meets twice a year. They met to hear public comments and comments from other agencies on subsistence issues; make recommendations on Federal subsistence fisheries and wildlife proposals for the Yukon-Kuskokwim region; review information for the development of Federal fisheries regulatory proposals; review and make recommendations on inseason fisheries management; make recommendations on Fisheries Research Monitoring Program research priorities; develop Federal subsistence wildlife regulatory proposals; and conduct regular Council business. The Council develops, reviews, and approves an Annual Report to the Board.
How is membership balanced?*Members broadly represent geographic, cultural, user, and gender diversity present within the region. This is ensured through a rigorous outreach and recruitment effort and a thorough evaluation and recommendation process. Applicants are evaluated according to the following criteria: they must be a resident of the region in which they applied; have extensive knowledge of the region's fish and wildlife resources; have extensive knowledge of the region's subsistence uses, customs, and traditions; have extensive knowledge of the region's sport, commercial, and other nonsubsistence uses of fish and wildlife resources; and have evident leadership and communication skills. The applicants, their references, and key contacts within the region are interviewed by panels of Federal agency staff. These panels meet to rate and rank the applicants according to standards set by the Board. This information is considered by the Interagency Staff Committee which makes its recommendation to the Federal Subsistence Board. The Board then meets to review the applicants and make their recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture. The Board recommendations balance points of view represented on the Council with the Council's function, which is to advise the Board on matters pertaining to subsistence. The Board also considers other factors such as geographic representation within the region. The Secretaries must concur on the appointments of the Council. The entire process requires approximately 15 months to complete.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings occur approximately twice each calendar year with additional meetings as needed to address fisheries and wildlife regulatory issues. The Council makes its recommendations on the Federal regulatory change proposals and policy changes for both Federal regulatory cycles. Meetings are held in the region so residents of the region have an opportunity to attend, provide public testimony, and provide local knowledge of the resources for proposed subsistence hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations. On rare occasions, the Council meets outside of the region with other Councils to deal with multi-regional subsistence issues.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act established the Regional Advisory Councils as the public forum for the expression of views and information originating from the local committees of the region, and to provide recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board regarding management of fish and wildlife resources for subsistence uses on Federal public lands. The members of the Council and the public participants provide the expertise of subsistence people to the process of forming regulations that govern their lives and to the management of Federal public lands they use for subsistence purposes. The Regional Advisory Council is a vital link between the Federal Subsistence Board and the rural residents who live with the effects of the Board's decisions.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not applicable - all meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksNot applicable


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentYesAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsYes
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryNoAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentThe Council recommends reorganizing fish and wildlife resource harvest priorities when necessary. The Council also recommends reallocation of fish and wildlife resource harvests based on the agency reports by lifting restrictions limiting the harvests. The Council recommends issuing new fish and wildlife regulations when conservation concerns are a consideration for resource management.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Regional Advisory Council provides recommendations and pertinent information to the Board, reviews policies and management plans, provides a public forum, develops proposals, evaluates current and anticipated subsistence needs, appoints members to the National Park Service subsistence resource commissions, and performs other duties required by the Board. The Council makes recommendations to the Board regarding proposed changes to fish and wildlife regulations; management plans; policies, standards, and guidelines; determinations of customary and traditional use of subsistence resources; fisheries research projects; determinations of rural status; subsistence use allocations; and other matters related to subsistence take of fish and wildlife. The Council meets at least twice a year; however, individual members may represent the Board at any time to serve on a committee or working group. Council chairs attend at least two Board meetings a year to present the recommendations of the Council and provide knowledge and advice to the Board.Number Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentRegional Advisory Council members are volunteers from local areas in Alaska. They provide expert knowledge and advice to the Federal Subsistence Board which the Board cannot otherwise obtain without members' assistance. Without the Regional Advisory Council, the Program would need to greatly increase its staff and research funding. The researchers would then need to seek information from the very people, or similar people, who now make up the Council. The Board adopts a preponderance of the Council’s recommendations which may lower resource management costs.Grants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*477Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Council made 9 recommendations in FY 2020 on Federal subsistence wildlife regulatory proposals, a wildlife special action request for caribou conservation management, and fisheries special action requests for in-season salmon management. The Council made recommendations on the following proposals:
WP20-32/33 to rescind the closure, establish a season, and revise the hunt area for moose in Unit 18.

WP20-34 to extend the trapping season for mink and weasel in Unit 18.

WP20-35 to establish a winter season for moose in a portion of Unit 18.

WP20-27 to allow use of snow machines to assist in the take of caribou in Unit 17.

WP20-28/29 to extend the bull season and establish an antlerless season for moose in Unit 17A.

WP20-26 to allow use of snow machines for positioning wolf and wolverine in Units 9B, 9C, 17B, and 17C.

WP20-08 to require traps and snares to be marked with name or State identification number for all furbearers in all units.

Temporary Wildlife Special Action Request, WSA20-04, submitted by Togiak National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) and Yukon Delta NWR, requesting that the Federal in-season manager be given delegated authority to open and close seasons, announce harvest limits, and set sex restrictions for caribou in all or portions of Units 9A, 9B, 9C, 17A, 17B, 17C, 18, 19A, and 19B for the 2020-2022 regulatory cycle.

Fisheries Special Action Requests (FSAs) FSA20-01, 02, and 03. These FSAs request closing of Federal public waters of the Kuskokwim River drainage to the harvest of Chinook salmon except by federally qualified subsistence users at the beginning of the 2020 Chinook salmon run; further reduce the pool of eligible harvesters based on an Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA) Section 804 Subsistence User Prioritization analysis; and authorize the Federal in-season manager to implement emergency special actions during the entire 2020 Chinook salmon season.
Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*91.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentThe Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Title VIII, Section 805(c) requires the Federal Subsistence Board to consider and adopt the report and recommendations of the Regional Advisory Council concerning the taking of fish and wildlife within the region for subsistence uses on federally managed public lands. The Board may choose not to follow a Council recommendation only if it is determined that the recommendation is not supported by substantial evidence, it violates any of the recognized principles of fish and wildlife conservation, or it would be detrimental to the satisfaction of subsistence needs.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*8.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe Board may choose not to follow a Council recommendation only if it is not supported by substantial evidence, it violates any of the recognized principles of fish and wildlife conservation, or it would be detrimental to the satisfaction of subsistence needs. In some cases the Board may choose to adopt a proposal with an amendment intended to make it more effective or reflect feedback from other Councils in the affected region or the Board may defer action if it determines more information or circumstances would better inform taking action on the proposal.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe Council Coordinator provides information upon request from members, agencies, organizations, and private individuals.
Agency Feedback Comment*The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Title VIII, Section 805(c) requires the Federal Subsistence Board (acting for the Secretary) to inform the Regional Advisory Council when the Board chooses not to adopt a Council recommendation concerning the taking of fish and wildlife on the public lands within the region for subsistence uses. The Board has expanded this to include reporting on those Council recommendations it does adopt and those it adopts with modifications. These actions and their justifications are written in what is referred to as the 805(c) Letter. Board decisions regarding other matters, such as rural determinations, for which the Council makes recommendations are reported to the Council in a less formal manner by the Subsistence Regional Coordinator or the Council Chair.Narrative Description*Since Congress passed the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act in 1980, Title VIII has provided for the continuation of subsistence uses of fish and wildlife resources on Federal public lands by rural residents in Alaska. Title VIII required the creation of Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils to enable rural residents to have a meaningful role in Federal subsistence management. The Secretaries of the Interior and of Agriculture subsequently established the Federal Subsistence Management Program. The Program is a multi-agency effort that includes the Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the USDA Forest Service. These agencies manage the Federal public lands where subsistence activities take place, including waters running through or next to Federal public lands and limited marine jurisdiction. The Secretaries delegated management authority for subsistence uses in Alaska to the Federal Subsistence Board, which is comprised of the regional directors of the five Federal public land managers in Alaska and a representative appointed by the Secretaries to serve as Chair. The Board is the decisionmaking body that oversees the Federal Subsistence Management Program.The ten Subsistence Regional Advisory Councils provide recommendations and information to the Board, review policies and management plans, provide a public forum, develop proposals, evaluate current and anticipated subsistence needs, appoint members to the National Park Service Subsistence Resource Commissions, and perform other duties required by the Board. The Councils make recommendations to the Board regarding proposed changes to fish and wildlife harvest regulations; management plans; policies, standards, and guidelines; determinations of customary and traditional use of subsistence resources; fisheries research projects; determinations of rural status; subsistence use allocations; and other matters related to subsistence take of fish and wildlife. The Councils meet at least twice a year. Council chairs attend at least two Board meetings a year to represent the recommendations of their Councils and provide knowledge and advice to the Board.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$120,336.83Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$123,946.93
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$9,066.57Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$9,338.57
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$7,889.55Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$8,126.24
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$29,369.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$30,250.07
Total Costs$166,661.95Est. Total Next FY*$171,661.81
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.15Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.15
Cost RemarksThe costs for travel reimb. for non-Federal members and travel reimb. for Federal staff was lower than usual because one of two meetings was held via teleconference due to the pandemic travel restrictions in FY 20.Est Cost RemarksIt is estimated that at least one of the Council meetings in FY 21 will be held via teleconference due to continuing pandemic travel restrictions; therefore, estimated travel reimb. costs are lower than if both of the meetings would have been planned to be in person.
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Interest Areas

Fish and Wildlife
Environmental Issues
Land Management and Use


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035324Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2019
 COM-033211Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2018
 COM-001408Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2017
 COM-002839Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2016
 COM-003537Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2015
 COM-004831Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2014
 COM-005769Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2013
 COM-007181Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2012
 COM-007887Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2011
 COM-009160Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2010
 COM-009914Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2009
 COM-011072Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2008
 COM-011825Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2007
 COM-013095Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2006
 COM-013705Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2005
 COM-014953Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2004
 COM-015584Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2003
 COM-016869Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2002
 COM-017457Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2001
 COM-018968Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2000
 COM-019452Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1999
 COM-020759Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1998
 COM-021207Yukon/Kuskokwim Delta Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1997