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DOI - 1531 - Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameSoutheast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1531
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*Subsistence Council Coordinator
Date Of Renewal Charter12/13/2021Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*DeAnna
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameL.
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Perry
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer SuffixMs.
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 3115 (1988)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 586-7918
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 586-7877
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 Southeast Subsistence Regional Advisory Council (Council) met twice this year. All meetings are open to the public and provide opportunity for members of the public, tribes, organizations, and agency representatives to participate in discussions and share information relevant to Federal subsistence management. The Council holds meetings to receive technical information on fish and wildlife populations, gather information from the affected public, and make informed recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board (Board) encompassing consideration of the scientific data, local knowledge, and experience of subsistence hunters and fishers in the region. The Council drafts an Annual Report to the Board to bring awareness to subsistence issues and fish and wildlife conservation concerns in the region.
How is membership balanced?*Members broadly represent geographic, cultural, user, and gender diversity present within the region. This is ensured through a rigorous outreach/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; 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. 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 regions. The Secretaries must concur regarding appointments. The entire process requires approximately 15 months to complete.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings typically occur twice each year with additional meetings as needed to address particular issues and meet the fisheries and the wildlife regulatory cycles. Meetings are held in various locations in the region so residents have an opportunity to attend them - providing personal involvement by those most directly impacted by Federal subsistence management. Meeting in local rural communities is important to the Council's function to accurately represent the whole region and facilitate local participation. It is important that the Council receive public testimony and personal knowledge of the resources from subsistence users to consider when deliberating proposed hunting, trapping, and fishing regulations that govern subsistence harvests. These recommendations are relevant because the Board, while it may decide not to adopt a Council recommendation, it can do so only if such a recommendation fails to meet one or more of the three criteria in Title VIII, Section 805(c) of the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA).
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*ANILCA established the Regional Advisory Councils as the public forum for the expression of views and information originating from the local communities 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 Regional Advisory 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 Councils are the vital link between the Federal Subsistence Board and the rural residents whose lives the Board's decisions affect.
Why close or partially close meetings?Not applicable - all meetings are open to the public.
Recommendation RemarksThe Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council (Council) provided 17 recommendations regarding take of fish and wildlife on Federal public lands in Alaska. Meeting minutes contain detailed information of the meetings held, including, but not limited to, any recommendations and justifications given by the Council.


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 CommentNew subsistence fish and wildlife regulations frequently require the managing agencies to reprioritize staff and other resources. Other recommendations accepted by the Federal Subsistence Board may also require reallocation of agency funds. The Council also makes recommendations regarding fisheries information needs within the region and for annual funding for fisheries research projects related to those needs. The Council provides prioritized information needs (generally related to sockeye salmon stock status and harvest monitoring) for the Fisheries Resource Monitoring Program funding cycle.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherYesNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe Regional Advisory Council provides recommendations and 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. They provide expert knowledge and advice to the Federal Subsistence Board which the Board cannot otherwise obtain. Without the Council, the Program would need to greatly increase 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 CommentWhen appropriate, the Council provides the Program a list of information needs to guide the Notice of Available Funding for the upcoming fiscal year.
Number Of Recommendations*193Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentThe Council provided the Board with 17 recommendations on proposals to change subsistence wildlife regulations either Statewide or within the Southeast Alaska region. The Council also provided recommendations on wildlife management areas. The Council was integral in persuading the Forest Service to schedule .810 subsistence hearings during the proposed Alaska Roadless Rule process, and ultimately submitted a 26-page, comprehensive public comment letter to address the Rule's DEIS - specifically, on possible effects to habitat, resources, and subsistence uses. The Council also sent a letter and submitted five fishery proposals to the Alaska Board of Fish to address fisheries resources in the region.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*91.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentANILCA, 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 on public lands. The Board may choose not to follow a recommendation only if it determines the recommendation is not supported by substantial evidence, violates recognized principles of fish and wildlife conservation, or would be detrimental to the satisfaction of subsistence needs. Under this constraint, the Board generally adopts the Council's recommendations.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*7.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentIn some cases, the Federal Subsistence Board made further modifications to the Council's recommendation.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*The Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act, Titlle VIII, Section 805(c) requires the Federal Subsistence Board to inform the Regional Advisory Coucil 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 modification. These actions and their justifications are written in what is referred to as the 805(c) Letter. The Board considers recommendations in the Council's annual report and makes a formal reply. Board decisions regarding other matters 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 of 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 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 of 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 regulatory proposals for subsistence use of fish and wildlife, evaluate current and anticipated subsistence needs, and perform other duties required by the Board. The Councils make recommendations to the Board regarding proposed changes to fish and wildlife regulations; management plans; policies, standards, and guidelines; determinations of rural status; subsistence use allocation 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 present the recommendations of the 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*$21,278.38Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$21,916.73
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$9,517.43Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$9,802.95
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$29,161.65Est. Other Costs Next FY*$30,036.50
Total Costs$180,294.29Est. Total Next FY*$185,703.11
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*1.15Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*1.15
Cost RemarksThe costs for travel reimbursement for non-Federal members and travel reimbursement 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 reimbursement costs are lower than if both the meetings would have been planned to be in person.
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Interest Areas

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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035390Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2019
 COM-033258Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2018
 COM-001417Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2017
 COM-002791Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2016
 COM-003587Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2015
 COM-004849Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2014
 COM-005743Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2013
 COM-007143Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2012
 COM-007869Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2011
 COM-009277Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2010
 COM-009809Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2009
 COM-011060Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2008
 COM-011698Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2007
 COM-012957Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2006
 COM-013696Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2005
 COM-014966Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2004
 COM-015598Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2003
 COM-016841Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2002
 COM-017459Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2001
 COM-018978Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2000
 COM-019152Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1999
 COM-020796Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1998
 COM-021370Southeast Alaska Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1997