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 speciesprincipally marine mammalsand to protect and enhance Alaska's marine habitat.
In the News
- Rising air and sea temperatures continue to trigger changes in the Arctic
- ShoreZone: Art meets science on the Alaska coastline
- NOAA Fisheries proposes Arctic ringed seal critical habitat, seeks public comment
- Steller sea lion protection measures
- NOAA Fisheries solicits comments on the Draft National Saltwater Recreational Fisheries Policy
- Federal fisheries observer program
Public Comment Periods
- NOAA Fisheries requests input to inform development of national guidelines on safely deterring marine mammals under NOAA's jurisdiction as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Comment period through January 15, 2015.
- Notice of availability of Amendment 31 to the FMP for BSAI king and Tanner crabs. If approved, this Amendment would temporarily expand eligibility requirements for individuals to acquire C share QS, minimum participation requirements, and establishes an administrative process to revoke individual C shares. Comment period through February 13, 2015.
- Corrected proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the Arctic subspecies of ringed seal. NOAA Fisheries is withdrawing the proposed rule (79 FR 71714), which was a draft version that was published inadvertently, and is issuing a new proposed rule with a new 90-day comment period. Comment period through March 9, 2015.
- Correction to the requested take numbers for the application filed by the University of Alaska Museum. Comment period through January 7, 2015.
- Proposed rule to establish harvest limits for groundfish of the BSAI during the 2015 and 2016 fishing years. Comment period through January 7, 2015.
- Proposed rule to establish harvest limits for groundfish of the GOA during the 2015 and 2016 fishing years. Comment period through January 7, 2015.
- Proposed Rule to revise Federal regulations regarding sport fishing guide services for Pacific halibut in International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C (Southeast Alaska) and 3A (Central Gulf of Alaska). Comment period through January 2, 2015.
- Notice of a request for an extension of a current information collection for the fishery capacity reduction program buyback requests. Comment period through January 23, 2015.
- Notice that Brianna Witteveen, Ph.D., of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, has applied for a permit to take multiple cetacean species for the purpose of scientific research, with additional takes of several pinniped species by incidental harassment, within the Gulf of Alaska. Comment period through December 22, 2014.
- Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the National Saltwater Angler Registry Program. Comment period through January 12, 2015.
- Notice that the Department of Commerce and the Department of the Interior jointly propose an updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas of the United States. Comment period through December 26, 2014.
- Notice of a request for a new information collection on the non-economic valuation of subsistence salmon in Alaska. Comment period through December 22, 2014.
- Notice of a request for an extension to a currently approved information collection for the Alaska Commercial Operator's Annual Report. Comment period through December 22, 2014.
- Notice of a request for a new information collection for a catcher/processor socio-cultural study to show the social impacts of regulations on individuals within the GOA groundfish trawl fishery. Comment period through December 22, 2014.
- Notice of Intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to analyze the environmental impacts of issuing Incidental Take Authorizations (ITAs) pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) for the taking of marine mammals incidental to anthropogenic activities in the waters of Cook Inlet, Alaska. NMFS will hold a public scoping meeting to begin the scoping process. Comments, written statements, and questions regarding the scoping process and preparation of the EIS must be received no later than December 29, 2014.
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