The mission and core services of the Division of Subsistence center on scientifically gathering, quantifying, evaluating, and reporting on how Alaskans harvest and use wild resources. Much of the research is conducted in partnerships with local communities and all of the division’s projects follow ethical principles of the social sciences.
When a new project is undertaken, division researchers use a range of established scientific methods to fulfill our mission. These methods include systematic and comprehensive household surveys, key respondent interviews, resource mapping, and participant observation.
Research results from most studies appear in the division’s Technical Paper and Special Publications Series, which now have over 380 titles. The Community Subsistence Information System (CSIS) online database contains harvest information for over 260 Alaska communities collected by the division from the systematic household surveys.
From the links below, you can learn about some of the recent studies conducted by the division in different parts of Alaska.
Subsistence Research Publications & Harvest Data
- Subsistence in Alaska, A Year 2017 Update (PDF 292 kB)
- Food Production and Nutritional Values of Noncommercial Fish and Wildlife Harvests in Alaska. (PDF 1,143 kB)
- Estimated moose harvest per capita among regions of Alaska during 1990-2018 - Thomas F. Paragi and Graham G. Frye, ADF&G Division of Wildlife Conservation. (PDF 4,240 kB)
- Alaska Community Harvest Information (CSIS Database)
- Technical Papers and Special Publications Series
- Division of Subsistence Strategic Research Plan (draft) (PDF 313 kB)
- Guide to Comprehensive Subsistence Surveys (PDF 1,253 kB)
- Alaska’s Economies and Subsistence (PDF 1,060 kB)
- Division of Subsistence (overview) (PDF 1,184 kB)
- Alaska Population Trends and Patterns, 1960–2018. (PDF 549 kB)
Alaska Fish & Wildlife News
- Why is there a Division of Subsistence at ADF&G
- Documenting the Harvest of Alaska’s Wild Food: ADF&G's Division of Subsistence