Glacier Bay Fishing Regulations
A Special Place
Glacier Bay National Park was designated as a Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2009. Nationwide, more than 30 National Park units have been designated as MPAs and many more are currently being considered. Conservation is a primary goal of MPAs but recreational use is encouraged when compatible with the unit's conservation goals.
National Parks generally allow fishing only when it "will not unacceptably impact park resources or natural processes including the natural distributions, densities, age-class distributions, and behavior of harvested species, native species that the harvested species use for any purpose, or, native species that use the harvested species for any purpose." Park objectives include preserving native fishes and their habitats and providing recreational fishing opportunities for the enjoyment of park visitors now and into the future.
Help us care for Glacier Bay's fish:
Things to Know Before You Go:
The National Park Service (NPS) urges all anglers to review and know all relevant regulations guiding recreational fishing activity in Glacier Bay. Other aspects of the fishing experience may also benefit from self-education and pre-planning.
Did You Know?
Captain James Cook named the tallest mountain in Glacier Bay, Mount Fairweather, in 1778. As Southeast Alaska is a temperate rainforest, with an average of only 50 sunny days a year, it would require fair-weather to see that mountain.