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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Humpback whale tails. Photo: Dave Csepp

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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 continuing information collections for Alaska Region Logbook family of forms. Comment period through November 17, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Vessel Monitoring System. Comment period through November 14, 2014.
  • Notice that NMFS has received an application from Bluecrest Alaska Operating, LLC, for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting an offshore exploratory drilling program in lower Cook Inlet, AK, during the 2015 open water season. Comment period through October 14, 2014.
  • Notice that NMFS is required to periodically review existing regulations that have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities, such as small businesses, small organizations, and small governmental jurisdictions by the Regulatory Flexibility Act. This plan describes how NMFS will perform this review. Comment period through October 8, 2014.
  • Proposed rule to implement Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI to close the Pribilof Islands Habitat Conservation Zone year-round to directed fishing for Pacific cod with pot gear to minimize bycatch and prevent overfishing of Pribilof Island blue king crab. Comment period through September 29, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a current information collection on the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank. Comment period through October 24, 2014.
  • Notice of proposed List of Fisheries for 2015, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. Comment period through September 24, 2014.
  • Notice of availability of Amendment 103 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI and Amendment 43 to the FMP for BSAI King and Tanner Crabs. If approved, Amendment 103 would prohibit directed fishing for Pacific cod in the Pribilof Islands Habitat Conservation Zone. Amendment 43 would revise the rebuilding plan for Pribilof Islands blue king crab. Comment period through October 20, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. Comment period through October 14, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for a revision to, an an extension of, a currently approved information collection for the Fishermen's Contingency Fund. Comment period though October 7, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for a revision of an existing information collection for the BSAI Management Area groundfish sectors report to include additional voluntary non-regulatory information regarding the use of halibut Prohibited Species Catch and halibut discards. Comment period through October 3, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Alaska Pacific Halibut Charter Program. Comment period through September 29, 2014.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Rockfish Program. Comment period through September 29, 2014.
  • Notice of availability of Amendment 96 to the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA to revise the sablefish IFQ program to allow GOA Community Quota Entities to transfer and hold small blocks of sablefish quota shares. Comment period through September 23, 2014.
  • Notice of availability of draft revised and updated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) procedures for Magnuson Stevens Act Fishery Management Actions. Comment period though September 29, 2014.
  • Extension of a public comment period of a proposed rule concerning the implementation of section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (79 FR 27060). Comment period extended to October 9, 2014.
  • Extension of the public comment period of a proposed rule concerning definitions and regulations regarding critical habitat (79 FR 27066). Comment period extended through October 9, 2014.
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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.