The Use of Subsistence Information in Coastal Land Planning: Examples from Southeast Alaska

by Robert G. Bosworth, Alaska Dep of Fish & Game, Juneau, AK, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


Subsistence use patterns and the interplay between cash and subsistence economies are a subject of study by the Division of Subsistence in the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. New methods are being developed to facilitate the use of this information in state and federal regulatory and land use decision making. Issues and impacts resulting from land use and subsistence conflicts include the impacts of roadbuilding on local patterns of hunting and fishing; conflicts between commercial and subsistence fisheries; and competing uses of coastal harvest areas adjacent to communities. Several cases are discussed from Southeast Alaska in which subsistence information has been gathered and used by state and federal resource management agencies. These examples illustrate the importance of subsistence mapping methods, social science survey techniques and automated information systems in addressing coastal land and resource use concerns.

Subject Headings: Coastal environment | Land use | Fish management | Resource management | Land surveys | Information systems | Decision making | Environmental issues | Alaska | United States

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