Protected Resources Division
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National Marine Fisheries Service, Alaska Regional Office

Steller sea lions, photo: Dave Csepp

Protected Resources Division

Killer whales swimming by NOAA research vessel
Killer whales swimming by NOAA research vessel. Photo: NOAA Fisheries
The Protected Resources Division (PRD), with offices in Juneau and Anchorage, is responsible for developing management and conservation programs for all but three species of marine mammals in Alaska, and for providing regional policy guidance on marine mammal and other protected species issues. In administering provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Fur Seal Act, and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation Act, the biologists and staff of the PRD work with other NMFS offices to develop regulations and management measures to protect, conserve and restore marine mammal populations.

A few of the areas that the PRD is specifically involved in are managing commercial fishery interactions with marine mammals and seabirds, coordinating Steller sea lion recovery efforts, co-management of marine mammal subsistence harvests with Alaska Native organizations, coordinating the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network, establishing responsible marine mammal viewing guidelines, and developing and distributing public information and educational materials about marine mammals in Alaska. The division also consults on permit requests for scientific research, capture of marine mammals for public display, and takes of marine mammals incidental to other activities. Additionally, PRD consults with Federal agencies under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act to ensure that Federal agency activities do not adversely affect threatened or endangered marine mammal species or their critical habitat.

Species Information




Legislation and Compliance

Endangered Species Act (ESA)

Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA)


Human Interactions

Visiting Alaska


  • 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.

Commercial Fisheries

Permits and Authorizations

  • 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.
  • Permits and Authorizations for oil and gas, military, researchers, photographers, and other development in marine areas.

Strandings and Entanglement

Status and Population

Contact Information

Carrie Williams
Administrative Support
NMFS Alaska Region
Protected Resources Division
222 W. 7th Ave., #43
Anchorage, AK 99513-7577
PH: (907) 271-5006
Fax:(907) 271-3030

Greg Balogh, Field Office Supervisor,
(907) 271-3023

Barbara Mahoney, Marine mammal strandings, co-management, Cook Inlet beluga whales,
(907) 271-3448

Bridget Crokus, ESA Section 7,
(907) 271-1937

Mandy Migura, Cook Inlet beluga whales, Marine mammal strandings, Cook Inlet beluga whale recovery Team Coordinator
(907) 271-1332

Tammy Olson, Marine mammals, ESA, ice seals, (907) 271-2373

Lisa Rotterman, Steller Sea Lion Coordinator,
(907) 271-1692

Larry Thomas , NOAA Corps officer, oil spill response and planning, (907) 271-6620

Mike Williams, Pribilof Islands Program Manager, MMPA, (907) 271-5117


Administrative Support
NMFS Alaska Region
Protected Resources Division
P.O. Box 21668
709 West 9th Street
Juneau, AK 99802
PH: (907) 586-7236
Fax: (907) 586-7012

Jon Kurland, Director
(907) 586-7638

Kim Rivera, Deputy Director, Seabird Coordinator
(907) 586-7424

Alicia Bishop, ESA Section 7, MMPA
(907) 586-7224

Aleria Jensen, Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator/Harbor Seal Co-Management Coordinator, ESA Section 7, (907) 586-7248

Kristin Mabry, ESA section 7, GIS/spatial analysis, fisheries interactions, (907) 586-7490

Bridget Mansfield, Marine Mammal Observer Program Coordinator, MMPA, (907) 586-7642

Kate Savage, Marine Mammal Health Specialist and Data Manager, (907) 586-7312

Sadie Wright, ESA Section 7, oil spill response, fisheries interactions, (907) 586-7630