Federal Subsistence Board

What is it?

The Federal Subsistence Board manages fish and wildlife for subsistence uses on Federal public lands and waters in Alaska.

Who are they?

It is made up of the regional directors of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Forest Service, and there are three public members appointed by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture: two represent rural subsistence users and one is the Federal Subsistence Board chairman.

How can I get involved?


Anyone can submit a proposal to change federal subsistence regulations. There is no form to submit your proposal to change Federal subsistence regulations. Include the following information in your proposal submission (you may submit as many as you like):

  • Your name and contact information (address, phone, fax, or E-mail address).
  • Your organization (if applicable).
  • What regulations you wish to change. Include management unit number and species. Quote the current regulation if known. If you are proposing a new regulation, please state, “new regulation.”
  • Write the regulation the way you would like to see it written in the regulations.
  • Explain why this regulation change should be made.
  • You should provide any additional information that you believe will help the Federal Subsistence Board (Board) in evaluating the proposed change.
  • By mail or hand delivery to: Federal Subsistence Board Office of Subsistence Management Attn: Theo Matuskowitz 1011 E. Tudor Rd., MS-121 Anchorage, AK 99503 2. At any Federal Subsistence Regional Advisory Council meeting (A schedule will be published in the Federal Register and be announced statewide, bi-annually, prior to the meeting cycles) 3. Regulations.gov website.
  • View step-by-step instructions on the Federal Subsistence Board Informational Flyer.


The three public members appointed by the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture.


The FSB stopped taking written comments directly to be included in proposal analyses on July 27, 2022 for the current season fish and selfish. However you may provide oral or written comments at the Regional Advisory Council meetings being held September through November 2022, or at the Federal Subsistence Board meeting in January 2023;  these comments will not be included in the proposal analyses. You can also contact any Board Member or Liaison to the Board by emailing: subsistence@fws.gov or calling toll free 1-800-478-1456.