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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 information collection for the observer programs. Comment period through June 22, 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.
  • Notice that NMFS has received an application from the Bureau of Land Management to take marine mammals, by harassment incidental to conducting a one-day field-based land survey of cultural sites located on a small island within the eastern Aleutian Islands archipelago for a land claim made by an Alaska Regional Native Corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Comment period through May 18, 2015.
  • Notice that NMFS has received an application from SAExploration, Inc. for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a marine 3-dimensional ocean bottom node seismic surveys program in the state and federal waters of the Beaufort Sea, Alaska, during the open-water season of 2015. Comment period through May 14, 2015.
  • Notice that NMFS has received an application from Glacier Bay National Park to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting seabird research from May 2015 through September 2015. Comment period through May 6, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection for the Alaska Commercial Operator's Annual Report. Comment period through May 3, 2015.
  • Notice of a proposed information collection for deep seabed mining exploration licenses. Comment period through. Comment period through April 29, 2015.
  • Notice of a request to revise a current information collection for the marine mammal health and stranding response program. Comment period through May 26, 2015.
  • Notice that the Alaska Department of Fish and Game has applied for a permit to conduct research on bowhead, gray, humpback, and beluga whales. Comment period through April 27, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for comments on the process of obtaining a certificate authorization that will allow fishermen to take marine mammals incidental to commercial fishing in Category I and II fisheries. Comment period through May 15, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a current information collection for scientific research, exempted fishing, and exempted activity submissions. Comment period through May 5, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection to publish a list of all fisheries under authority of each Regional Fishery Management Council and all fishing gear used in the fisheries. Comment period through May 5, 2015.
  • Notice of a request for an extension of a currently approved information collection on subsistence whaling operations. Comment period through April 28, 2015.
  • Notice that NMFS has reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports for 2014 and that they have been revised according to new information. Comment period through April 29, 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.