NOAA Fisheries Alaska
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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 received a request from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to reconstructing the existing ferry terminal at Pier 1 in Kodiak, Alaska. Comment period through September 23, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Individual Fishing Quota Cost Recovery Program. Comment period through September 17, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for revision of a currently approved information collection. The purpose of this collection is for each sector in the BSAI to report their progress on voluntary, non-regulatory methods used within their fishery to the North Pacific Fisheries Management Council. Comment period through September 11, 2015.
  • Notice of intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (EA) to analyze the environmental impacts of issuing annual Incidental Take Authorizations for the taking of marine mammals incidental to anthropogenic activities in Cook Inlet, AK, for the 2016 season. Comment period through September 11, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Alaska Community Quota Entity Program. Comment period through October 13, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to revise regulations to implement the import provisions of the MMPA to establish conditions for evaluating a harvesting nation's regulatory program for reducing marine mammal incidental mortality and serious injury in fisheries that export fish and other fish products to the U.S. Comment period through November 9, 2015.
  • Emergency rule to establish a 1,600 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limit for Western and Central GOA Non-Rockfish Program trawl catcher vessel sector.Effective August 10, 2015 through December 31, 2015. Comment period through September 9, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for reinstatement, with changes of a previously approved information collection for Alaska recreational charter vessel guide and owner data. Comment period through September 21, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to announce an extension to the comment period for proposed revisions to the regulations concerning petitions under the Endangered Species Act. The comment period has been extended through September 18, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for Amendment 80 permits and reports. Comment period through September 14, 2015.
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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.