Fisheries Special Actions

A Special Action Request 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 and waters. 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. These guidelines and requirements can be found in 36 CFR 242.19 and 50 CFR 100.19.

View informational flyer on submitting a Special Action Request.

The table below contains information on fisheries special actions currently in effect.

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In-season Manager Special Actions

Federal Subsistence Board Special Actions


Yukon-Northern Area

  • 2023 Federal special actions rescinded for the Yukon Area (This news release will rescind all Federal special actions currently in effect throughout the Yukon River Area (Districts 1 though 6) effective 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, September 2, 2023.)   News Release

Kuskokwim Area

  • Notice to Rescind Salmon Fishing Restrictions within Federal Waters of the Kuskokwim River Drainage  FSA-YD-23-02


Kanektok River drainage closed to the harvest of Chinook and Chum salmon except by federally qualified subsistence users during June 2023 and 2024



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