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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Fishing gear. Photo: MGC, AFSC

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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 a proposed information collection for deep seabed mining exploration licenses. Comment period through. Comment period through April 29, 2015.
  • Notice of a request to revise a current information collection for the marine mammal health and stranding response program. Comment period through May 26, 2015.
  • Notice that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has applied for a permit to conduct research on bowhead, gray, humpback, and beluga whales. Comment period through April 27, 2015.
  • Notice that Tim Gallagher, Alaska Area Manager, HDR, Inc. has applied for a permit to conduct research on spotted seals, ringed seals, bearded seals, bowhead whales, and Beluga whales. Comment period through April 20, 2015.
  • Notice of a request from Huna Totem Corporation for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to construction activities as part of the re-development of the Icy Strait Point Terminal in Hoonah, Alaska. Comment period through April 20, 2014.
  • Notice of a request from SAExploration Inc. for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a proposed oil and gas exploration seismic survey in Cook Inlet between April 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015. Comment period through April 20, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to extend the comment period for the take of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a marine geophysical (seismic) survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska. Comment period extended until April 9, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for comments on the process of obtaining a certificate authorization that will allow fishermen to take marine mammals incidental to commercial fishing in Category I and II fisheries. Comment period through May 15, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a current information collection for scientific research, exempted fishing, and exempted activity submissions. Comment period through May 5, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection to publish a list of all fisheries under authority of each Regional Fishery Management Council and all fishing gear used in the fisheries. Comment period through May 5, 2015.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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Banner photos by: Dave Csepp, Mandy Lindberg, and Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries' Auke Bay Laboratories.