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GENERAL INFORMATION

Committee NameSeward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2019Committee Number1529
Original Establishment Date1/19/1993Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URLhttp://www.doi.gov/subsistence/regions/sp
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*10
Current Charter Date12/4/2017Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Council Coordinator
Date Of Renewal Charter12/4/2019Designated Federal Officer PrefixMs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Karen
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle Name
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Deatherage
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 3115 (1988)Designated Federal Officer Phone*(907) 786-3564
Effective Date Of Authority*12/2/1980Designated Federal Officer Fax*(907) 786-3839
Committee Type*ContinuingDesignated Federal Officer Email*karen_deatherage@fws.gov
Presidential*No
Committee Function*Non Scientific Program Advisory Board
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RECOMMENDATION/JUSTIFICATIONS

Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council met twice in FY 2019 to accomplish its goals. It conducted regular Council business; heard from members of the public, other agencies, and the Office of Subsistence Management on subsistence issues; reviewed and made recommendations on fish and wildlife regulations, considered submitting Federal wildlife regulatory proposals; and identified research priorities for the Fisheries Research Monitoring Program 2019 call for proposals.
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. The 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 with the concurrence of 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 regarding appointments. The entire process requires approximately 9 months to complete.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*Meetings occur at least twice each calendar year with additional meetings as needed to address particular fish and wildlife subsistence resource management issues. Members also represent the Council at community meetings in the region and gather information for the Council and the Board about important 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 communities of their 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 Council is a 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 RemarksN/A
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PERFORMANCE MEASURES

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 DeliveryYesAction OtherYes
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction CommentNew subsistence wildlife and fisheries regulations frequently require the resource managing agencies to reprioritize their resources. Other recommendations accepted by the Federal Subsistence Board also require reallocation of agency funds. The Council makes recommendations regarding fisheries information needs within the region and for annual funding for fisheries research projects.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentThe 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 all volunteers. They provide expert knowledge and advice to the Federal Subsistence Board which the Board cannot otherwise obtain. Without the Regional Advisory 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 CommentNA
Number Of Recommendations*130Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentIn FY 2019 the Council made its recommendations to the Federal Subsistence Board on seven fish and shelffish regulatory changes.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*99.00%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 not choose 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 it would be detrimental to the satisfaction of subsistence needs.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*1.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentThe 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 OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentThe Council Coordinator provides information to members, agencies, and organizations upon request.
Agency Feedback CommentANILCA, 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 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. 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 with 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, 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 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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Data from Previous Years

 
ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-001496Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2017
 COM-002705Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2016
 COM-003645Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2015
 COM-004890Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2014
 COM-005745Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2013
 COM-007048Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2012
 COM-007905Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2011
 COM-009284Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2010
 COM-009968Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2009
 COM-011118Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2008
 COM-011713Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2007
 COM-013105Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2006
 COM-013638Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2005
 COM-014822Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2004
 COM-015589Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2003
 COM-016888Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2002
 COM-017364Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2001
 COM-018879Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2000
 COM-019496Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1999
 COM-020721Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1998
 COM-021362Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council1997
 COM-033296Seward Peninsula Subsistence Regional Advisory Council2018