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 speciesprincipally marine mammalsand to protect and enhance Alaska's marine habitat.
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Public Comment Periods
- Notice that NMFS has received an application for an exempted fishing permit from the Alaska Seafood Cooperative (AKSC). If granted, this permit would allow up to five AKSC-member Amendment 80 vessels to conduct experimental fishing in two subareas of the Bering Sea that are closed to fishing with Trawl gear. Comment period through December 15, 2015.
- Proposed regulations to implement Amendment 111 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI. The proposed rule would reduce bycatch limits, also known as prohibited species catch (PSC) limits, for Pacific halibut in the BSAI groundfish fisheries by specific amounts in four groundfish sectors. Comment period through December 16, 2015.
- Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Alaska Observer Program. Comment period through December 5, 2015.
- Notice of a request to reinstate a previously approved information collection for economic information for three fishing seasons, 2011-2013, from business owners in the charter fleet that was administered between 2012 and 2014. Comment period through November 28, 2015.
- Notice of availability that Amendment 111 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI has been submitted to the Secretary of Commerce for review. This amendment would reduce bycatch limits by specific amounts for four groundfish sectors: The A80 sector, the BSAI trawl limited access sector, the BSAI non-trawl sector, and the Western Alaska CDQ sector. Comment period through December 28, 2015.
- Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the groundfish tagging program. Comment period through December 14, 2015.
- Notice of availability that Amendment 44 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs has been submitted to the Secretary of Commerce for review. Amendment 44 would modify required right of first refusal contract terms that provide eligible crab community entities with the opportunity to purchase certain processor quota shares and other associated assets when they are proposed for sale. Comment period through December 8, 2015.
- Notice of availability of a Draft Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Comment period through December 4, 2015.
- Notice of a request for comments on the draft 2015 marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs). Comment period through December 29, 2015.
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