ADF&G seeks angler input in 2021 harvest data

State fisheries officials are mailing out the 2021 Alaska Sport Fishing Surveys to some 47,000 randomly selected resident and nonresident households who purchased a sport fishing license this year or who hold a permanent form of license to fish.

The survey, which has been conducted annually since 1977, is a scientific study that asks anglers for basic information on the number of days fished by their household and to report how many fish were caught and harvested by species and location in 2021.

Selected angler households will receive a detailed survey booklet and a full-color fish identification index. Postage-paid envelopes are included for return of the survey. Information collected is used to produce detailed estimates of the total number of sport fishing days fished, total number of fish caught and kept by species and location. This information, combined with other on-the-ground creel surveys and data, is needed for ADF&G’s mission to protect and improve sport fishing in Alaska, officials said.

Survey results will be available by fall 2022.