The Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council (AMBCC), formed in 2000, consists of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and representatives of Alaska’s Native population. Since its inception, this new regulatory framework has been designed to promote true collaboration among a diversity of stakeholders as cultures intermingle in the history of wildlife management and conservation in Alaska.
The AMBCC brings together Indigenous, federal, and state partners to manage the subsistence harvest of migratory birds in Alaska. The U.S. government, largely via the Department of the Interior and its component agencies, plays a central role in coordinating research, monitoring, and management of migratory birds. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game, through the AMBCC Harvest Survey Committee, conducts a harvest assessment program and collects management information, including Traditional Knowledge, the number of subsistence hunters and estimates of harvest. This is collected cooperatively for the benefit of management bodies. However, decreased funding and increased complications in administering large surveys have left some Chugach communities underserved for years.