NOAA Fisheries Alaska
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Humpback whale tails. Photo: Dave Csepp

About Us

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 Intent to prepare an Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) that will evaluate alternatives which include petitioned changes to the regulations governing management of the northern fur seal subsistence harvest on St. Paul Island, Alaska. Comment period through August 24, 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 intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement on a new management program for trawl groundfish fisheries in the GOA. Comment period through August 28, 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.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for evaluating conservation efforts by states and other non-Federal entities, to make listings unnecessary under the Endangered Species Act, under the policy for valuation of conservation efforts, when making listing decisions. Comment period through August 9, 2015.
  • Proposed rule to reduce the maximum retainable amount of skates using groundfish and halibut as basis species in the GOA from 20 percent to 5 percent. Comment period through August 10, 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.
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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.