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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 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 an application from SAExploration, Inc. for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a marine 3D ocean bottom node seismic surveys program in the state and federal waters of the Beaufort Sea, Alaska, during the open-water season of 2014. Comment period through August 11, 2014.
  • Proposed rule to implement Steller sea lion protection measures to insure that groundfish fisheries in the BSAI are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the western distinct population segment. Comment period through August 15, 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.
  • Advanced notice of proposed rulemaking to provide background information and request public comment on potential amendments to the regulations governing the Fisheries Financing Program (FFP). Comment period through July 30, 2014.
  • Proposed rule to implement Amendment 105 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. Comment period through July 30, 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.
  • Notice of an extension of a currently approved information collection for Federal Fisheries Permits, Federal Processor Permits, and Experimental Fisheries Permits. Comment period through August 18, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of an information collection for AFA pollock fisheries. Comment period through August 18, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of an information collection for the License Limitation Program (LLP) for Groundfish, Crab, and Scallops. Comment period through August 18, 2014.
  • Proposed rule to implement Amendment 106 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) that would allow AFA vessel owners to rebuild or replace their vessels without limitation to length, weight, or horsepower when the vessel is operating in the BSAI area. Comment period through August 4, 2014.
  • Notice of availability of Amendment 105 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. This amendment would establish a process for Western Alaska Community Development Quota groups and cooperatives to exchange quota of one of three flatfish for an equal amount of another of these three flatfish species. Comment period through August 12, 2014.
  • Notice of availability of Amendment 97 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This amendment would limit Chinook salmon prohibited species catch in Western and Central GOA non-pollock trawl fisheries. Comment period through August 4, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a current information collection, the National Sea Grant College Program. Comment period through August 4, 2014.
  • Notice of availability of Amendment 106 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands. This amendment would allow AFA vessel owners to rebuild or replace their vessels and remove obsolete vessels from the fishery. Comment period through August 4, 2014.
  • Proposed information collection to select a short list of ecosystem indicators to form the basis of a Gulf of Alaska Report Card and Ecosystem Assessment, produced annually as part of the Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation report for the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Comment period through August 1, 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.