The following is courtesy of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game:
Alaska Department of Fish and Game Will Begin Mailing Annual Sport Fishing Surveys
(Statewide) – Anglers who purchased an Alaska sport fishing license in 2022 may soon receive a copy of the 2022 Alaska Sport Fishing Survey. This is an annual mail-survey conducted by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) to assess where sport fishing occurs and estimate how many fish are caught and kept from sport fishing locations across Alaska.
This week, ADF&G Division of Sport Fish will begin mailing the first wave of 2022 Alaska Sport Fishing Surveys. The survey is mailed to approximately 47,000 randomly selected Alaska resident and nonresident households that have at least one person who purchased a sport fishing license or has a permanent sport fishing license card in 2022. Conducted every year since 1977, the Alaska Sport Fishing Survey is a scientific survey that asks anglers to recall basic information such as the number of days fished by members of their household, how many fish were caught and harvested by species, and the location(s) fished in 2022.
Selected angler households will receive a detailed survey booklet and a full-color fish identification index. Postage-paid envelopes are provided so the surveys can be mailed back to ADF&G.
The information collected by the Alaska Sport Fishing Survey is used to produce detailed estimates of the total sport fishing effort (days fished), the total number of fish caught and kept by species, and fishing location. This information, combined with other on-the ground creel surveys and data gathering efforts are an essential part of the Division of Sport Fish’s mission to protect and improve Alaska’s sport fisheries.
Anglers who have questions about the survey or information requested, may contact Statewide Harvest Survey staff at (907) 267-2280 or by email. Results of the 2022 Alaska Sport Fishing Survey will be available by fall 2023. Results from previous survey years can be found on the Alaska Sport Fishing Survey webpage.