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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Humpback whale tails. Photo: Dave Csepp

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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 that NMFS has reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports for 2014 and that they have been revised according to new information. Comment period through April 29, 2015.
  • Notice of receipt of an exempted fishing permit application from the Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC). If granted, this permit would allow AKSC to evaluate how often vessels use alternate halibut handling methods designed to reduce halibut mortality, when the alternate methods are available as an option. Comment period through February 11, 2015. Comments on the EFP application also will be accepted during the North Pacific Fishery Management Councilís February 2, 2015 to February 10, 2015 meeting.
  • Notice that Leslie Cornick, Ph.D., Alaska Pacific University, has applied for a permit to conduct research on northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus). Comment period through February 23, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to revise the guidelines for National Standards (NS) 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) and to the General sections of the NS guidelines. The purpose of this action is to facilitate compliance with requirements of the MSA to end and prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, and to achieve optimum yield. Comment period through June 30, 2015.
  • Notice announcing the specific dates and locations for four public hearings in Alaska, one each in Nome, Anchorage, Kotzebue, and Barrow, on the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the threatened Arctic subspecies of the ringed seal. Comment period on the proposed rule through March 9, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to implement cost recovery fee programs for the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program for groundfish and halibut, and three limited access privilege programs: The American Fisheries Act, Aleutian Islands Pollock, and Amendment 80 Programs. Comment period through February 6, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Fisheries Finance Program requirements. Comment period through March 12, 2015.
  • Notice of availability of Amendment 31 to the FMP for BSAI king and Tanner crabs. If approved, this Amendment would temporarily expand eligibility requirements for individuals to acquire C share QS, minimum participation requirements, and establishes an administrative process to revoke individual C shares. Comment period through February 13, 2015.
  • Corrected proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the Arctic subspecies of ringed seal. NOAA Fisheries is withdrawing the proposed rule (79 FR 71714), which was a draft version that was published inadvertently, and is issuing a new proposed rule with a new 90-day comment period. Comment period through March 9, 2015.
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Banner photos by: Dave Csepp, Mandy Lindberg, and Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries' Auke Bay Laboratories.