NOAA Fisheries Alaska
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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 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 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.
  • Notice of proposed List of Fisheries for 2016, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Comment period through October 29, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to establish a small business size standard of $11 million in annual gross receipts for all businesses in the commercial fishing industry, for Regulatory Flexibility Act compliance purposes only. The proposed $11 million standard would be used in RFA analyses in place of the U.S. Small Business Administration's current standards of $20.5 million, $5.5 million, and $7.5 million for the finfish, shellfish, and other marine fishing sectors of the U.S. commercial fishing industry, respectively. Comment period through October 19, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the NMFS Observer Programs. Comment period through October 18, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for a new information collection economic data for Southwest Alaska fisheries. Comment period through October 10, 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.
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Banner photos by: Dave Csepp, Mandy Lindberg, and Bob Stone of NOAA Fisheries' Auke Bay Laboratories.