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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Southeast Alaska landscape. Photo: Mandy Lindeberg

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The Alaska Region of NOAA Fisheries oversees sustainable fisheries that produce about half the fish caught in US waters, with responsibilities covering 842,000 square nautical miles off Alaska. The Alaska Region also works to ensure the viability of protected species—principally marine mammals—and to protect and enhance Alaska's marine habitat.

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Public Comment Periods

  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. Comment period through October 14, 2014.
  • Proposed rule to implement the GOA Trawl Economic Data Report Program to evaluate the economic effects of current and anticipated future fishery management measures for the GOA trawl fisheries. Comment period through September 10, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for a revision to, an an extension of, a currently approved information collection for the Fishermen's Contingency Fund. Comment period though October 7, 2014.
  • Proposed rule to implement Amendment 96 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA to revise the sablefish IFQ program to allow GOA Community Quota Entities to transfer and hold small blocks of sablefish quota shares. Comment period through September 8, 2014.
  • Notice that NMFS has received a request from Apache Alaska Corporation for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to oil and gas exploration seismic operations in Cook Inlet from March 2015 through February 2020. Comment period through September 4, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for a revision of an existing information collection for the BSAI Management Area groundfish sectors report to include additional voluntary non-regulatory information regarding the use of halibut Prohibited Species Catch and halibut discards. Comment period through October 3, 2014.
  • Proposed rule to revise the At-sea Scales Program for catcher/processor vessels and mother ships. This action would change regulations to daily scale testing, require electronic reporting of daily scale test results, require scales to have electronics capable of logging and printing, require the scale and area around the scale be monitored by video, and would revise technical regulations that are no longer applicable. Comment period though September 2, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Alaska Pacific Halibut Charter Program. Comment period through September 29, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Rockfish Program. Comment period through September 29, 2014.
  • Notice of availability of Amendment 96 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA to revise the sablefish IFQ program to allow GOA Community Quota Entities to transfer and hold small blocks of sablefish quota shares. Comment period through September 23, 2014.
  • Proposed rule to modify the subsistence harvest regulations for the Eastern Pacific stock of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) based on a petition from the Pribilof Island Aleut Community of St. George Island, Traditional Council. Comment period through August 25, 2014.
  • Extension of a public comment period on the 90-day finding on a petition to designate the Central North Pacific population of humpback whale as a Distinct Population Segment and delist them under the Endangered Species Act. Comment period extended through August 27, 2014.
  • Notice of availability of draft revised and updated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures for Magnuson Stevens Act Fishery Management Actions. Comment period though September 29, 2014.
  • Extension of a public comment period of a proposed rule concerning the implementation of section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (79 FR 27060). Comment period extended to October 9, 2014.
  • Extension of the public comment period of a proposed rule concerning definitions and regulations regarding critical habitat (79 FR 27066). Comment period extended through October 9, 2014.
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Sea anemone Steller sea lions Kodiak harbor
Banner photos by: Dave Csepp, Mandy Lindberg, and Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries' Auke Bay Laboratories.