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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 that Douglas Nowacek, Ph.D., Duke University - Marine Laboratory, has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 14809-01. Comment period through July 29, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension to a currently approved information collection for the list of fisheries and fishing gear. Comment period through July 26, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension to a currently approved information collection for the application for commercial fisheries authorizations under section 118 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Comment period through July 26, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the application and reports for scientific research and enhancement permits under the Endangered Species Act. Comment period through July 26, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for a currently approved information collection for seafood inspection and certification requirements. Comment period through July 25, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for a currently approved information collection for reports on scientific research, exempted fishing, and exempted education activity submissions. Comment period through July 25, 2015.
  • Notice of an extension of a current information collection for the report of whaling operations. Comment period through July 24, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for a revision of an existing information collection for the progress report on cooperative halibut prohibited species catch minimization. Comment period through August 21, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for revision of a currently approved information collection for the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program. Comment period through July 2, 2015.
  • Proposed changes to the regulations concerning ESA petitions, to improve the content and specificity of petitions and to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the petitions process to support species conservation. Comment period through July 20, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the North Pacific Groundfish and Halibut Observer Program. Comment period through July 20, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for a revision and an extension of a currently approved information collection for the environmental compliance questionnaire for NOAA federal financial assistance applicants. Comment period through July 13, 2015.
  • Notice that NOAA is soliciting nominations for two individuals to serve as U.S. Commissioners to the International Pacific Halibut Commission. Nominations accepted through June 4, 2015. Public comments relating to the nominees will be accepted through July 9, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to revise the listing status of humpback whales. This proposal would divide the globally listed endangered species into 14 distinct population segments (DPS), remove the current species-level listing, and in its place list two DPS's as endangered and two DPS's as threatened. Comment period through July 20, 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.