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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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  • Notice that NMFS has received an application from Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to ice overflight surveys in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Comment period through April 2, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection on subsistence whaling operations. Comment period through April 28, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Aleutian Islands subarea pollock fishery. Comment period through April 24, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to authorize Apache Alaska Corporation to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to its proposed oil and gas exploration seismic survey program in Cook Inlet, Alaska, between March 1, 2015, and February 29, 2020. Comment period through March 25, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension to a currently approved information collection for the application to obtain a scientific research enhancement permit and the reporting requirements. Comment period through April 20, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension to a currently approved information collection for the IFQ Cost Recovery Program. Comment period through April 20, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension to a currently approved information collection on U.S. fishing in the Economic Zone of the Russian Federation. Comment period through April 20, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved generic information collection to gather customer feedback on services and/or products provided by NOAA offices. Comment period through April 20, 2015.
  • Notice of availability of Amendment 108 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI, Amendment 100 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA, and Amendment 46 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs. These amendments would correct the text in the FMPs that establish vessel length limits for small vessels exempted from the License Limitation Program (LLP) consistent with the original intent of the LLP, current fisheries operations, and Federal regulations. Comment period through April 13, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to implement Amendment 45 to the Fishery Management Plan for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs to establish, for a limited period of time, a process to remove Pacific cod catch limits, known as sideboard limits, for certain hook-and-line catcher/processors. Comment period through March 16, 2015.
  • Notice of an extension to a public comment period for a proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the threatened Arctic subspecies of the ringed seal. The public comment period has been extended to March 31, 2015.
  • Notice of availability of Amendment 45 to the FMP for King and Tanner Crabs of the BSAI to establish, for a limited period of time, a process to remove Pacific cod catch limits, known as sideboard limits, for certain hook-and-line catcher/processors. Comment period through April 3, 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.